Golaz Thermometer

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This mercury-in-glass thermometer has a spherical bulb. The milk-white back is marked “L. Golaz à Paris 729” and carries a scale reading from -15.5 to +75 degrees centigrade, both of which seem to be done by hand, rather than by machine. The signature indicates that this instrument was made after 1891 (when Lucien Golaz took charge of the firm that his father had begun in 1830) and before the demise of the firm in 1919. It came to the Smithsonian from the U.S. Weather Bureau.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1891-1919
L. Golaz
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
overall: 12 1/2 in; 31.75 cm
overall: 12 11/16 in x 1/2 in; 32.22625 cm x 1.27 cm
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Credit Line
U.S. Weather Bureau
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Data Source
National Museum of American History