Hicks Thermometer

This mercury-in-glass thermometer has a bend in the tube just above the bulb, a milk-white back, and a scale that extends from 15 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, graduated in fifths. The tube is marked “J. HICKS LONDON” and “1052.” The surrounding cylindrical case is made of wood and brass. It is marked “J. HICKS, 8, 9, & 20 HATTON GARDEN, LONDON,” and “M/O” (the mark of the British Meteorological Office), and “KEEP IN WATER TWO MINUTES.” The upper end of the case has a ring, presumably for suspending the thermometer. The lower end has a spring, presumably for protecting against shocks. This must have been made after 1884 when Hicks expanded his business into these premises, and before he merged his business with Stanley & Co. It came to the Smithsonian from the U.S. Weather Bureau.
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Object Name
date made
J. J. Hicks
Hicks, J.
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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