Pike Mercury Barometer

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
barometer, mercury
date made
ca 1848-1864
maker
Pike, Jr., Benjamin
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
PH*326144
accession number
259272
catalog number
326144
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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