Hottinger Aneroid Barometer

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Jakob Goldschmid, a mechanic in Zurich, Switzerland, designed an aneroid barometer that promised great stability, but that had to be adjusted before each reading. This example was manufactured by the firm run by Rudolf Hottinger, who was Goldschmid’s son-in-law and successor. It has an eyepiece for viewing the internal mechanism, and a thermometer for determining the internal temperature. The face is marked “Ship-Barometer / No. 116” and “HOTTINGER & CO. / ZURICH” and also carries a scale of correction tables. A printed card with diagram and instructions for use, in English, is mounted inside the case.
Ref.: "The Goldschmid Aneroid," Van Nostrand's Engineering Magazine 25 (1881): 300-303.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1870-1883
Hottinger & Cie.
place made
Schweiz: Zürich, Zürich
overall: 3 1/2 in; 8.89 cm
overall in case: 3 in x 4 1/4 in x 6 in; 7.62 cm x 10.795 cm x 15.24 cm
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U.S. Weather Bureau
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National Museum of American History


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