Hottinger Aneroid Barometer

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.
Object Name
barometer, aneroid
date made
ca 1870-1883
Hottinger & Cie.
overall: 3 1/2 in; 8.89 cm
place made
Schweiz: Zürich, Zürich
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
U.S. Weather Bureau

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