B. Pike & Son Mercury Barometer

This mercury barometer in a simple wooden case was probably made in the 1830s and intended for use in a domestic setting. There is a glass door at the top that protects the silvered face inscribed “Benj. Pike & Son / New York.” The barometer scale on the right extends from 27 to 31 inches of mercury, is graduated in tenths, and is read by vernier to hundredths of an inch. The mercury-in-glass thermometer on the right extends from -20 to +115 degrees Fahrenheit, and is graduated every 2 degrees; it is also marked “Freez/ing,” “Temp/rate,” “Sun/Heat,” “Blood /Heat,” and “Fever/Heat.” The cistern is spherical.
Benjamin Pike, Jr., Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of Optical, Mathematical, and Philosophical Instruments (New York, 1856), vol. 2, p. 119.
Currently not on view
Object Name
barometer, mercury
date made
Benjamin Pike & Son
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Measuring & Mapping
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Wabash College

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