B. Pike & Sons Mercury Barometer

Description
The silvered plate at the top of this simple wood frame reads “B. PIKE & SONS / 518 BROADWAY / NEW YORK.” The barometer scale extends from 27 to 31 inches of mercury; it is graduated by tenths and read by vernier to hundredths, and there are indications for “STORMY,” “RAIN,” CHANGE,” and “FAIR.” The mercury-in-glass thermometer, also at the top, is graduated in degrees Fahrenheit and Reaumur, with indications for “Freezing,” “Temperate,” “Summr Heat,” “Blood Heat,” and “Fever Heat.” B. Pike & Sons was in business from 1841 to 1867, and at this address from 1855.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1855-1867
maker
Benjamin Pike & Sons
place made
United States: New York, New York
Measurements
overall-approx: 36 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in x 2 in; 92.075 cm x 10.795 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
PH.316739
accession number
228181
catalog number
316739
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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