Pocket Aneroid Barometer

This small barometer was probably made by Short & Mason in London, in the latter decades of the nineteenth century. The inscriptions on the face read “Compensated” and “MADE IN ENGLAND.” The scale around the circumference of the face extends from 21 to 31 inches of mercury, graduated to tenths, with indications for “RAIN,” “CHANGE” and “FAIR.” Another scale, which is moveable, indicates elevation from zero to 10,000 feet. The case is gilt.
Ref: Short & Mason, Ltd., Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue and Price List of Barometers, Compasses, Air Meters, Self-Recording and Other Scientific Instruments (London, after 1900), pp. 9-10.
Currently not on view
date made
late 19th century
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
overall: 2 3/4 in; 6.985 cm
overall: 3 11/16 in x 7/8 in x 2 5/8 in; 9.36625 cm x 2.2225 cm x 6.6675 cm
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U.S. Geological Survey
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National Museum of American History


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