B. Pike & Son Mercury Barometer

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1831-1841
maker
Benjamin Pike & Son
place made
United States: New York, New York
Measurements
overall: 36 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in; 92.71 cm x 11.43 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
PH.323000
accession number
249201
catalog number
323000
Credit Line
Wabash College
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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