Pike Mercury Barometer

This barometer has an ornate oak case with a profile bust of George Washington covering the cistern. The metal plate at the top is marked “BENJN PIKE JUNR” and “294 BROADWAY / NEW YORK.” It carries two barometer scales, one for Yesterday and one for Today; each extends from 17 to 31 inches of mercury, graduated to tenths and ready by vernier to hundredths, and marked “FAIR,” “Change,” and “RAIN.” The mercury-in-glass thermometer mounted in the middle of the instrument reads from -40 to +150 degrees Fahrenheit. Benjamin Pike, Jr., was in business on his own by 1848, and died in 1864.
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Object Name
barometer, mercury
date made
ca 1848-1864
Pike, Jr., Benjamin
place made
United States: New York, New York
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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