Taylor Maximum Thermometer

Description
This mercury-in-glass thermometer is so designed that an air bubble separates a small bit of mercury from the main part of the column. When the instrument is mounted horizontally, the detached mercury remains in place when the rest of the column falls, thereby indicating the maximum temperature. John Phillips, an English geologist, introduced the form at the 1832 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
The bulb is spherical. The tube has a milk white back; the scale on the front extends from -30 to +110, graduated by degrees, The supporting metal plate is marked "Taylor, Rochester, N.Y." and "U.S.W.B." and "No.43191" and "MAXIMUM."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
thermometer
date made
1910-1960
maker
Taylor Instrument Co.
Measurements
overall: 12 in; 30.48 cm
place made
United States: New York, Rochester
ID Number
PH*317473
catalog number
317473
accession number
230396
subject
Measuring & Mapping
Thermometers and Hygrometers
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Thermometers and Hygrometers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
U.S. Weather Bureau

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