Desk Set

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A walnut base holds two circular instruments, each 3¼ inches diameter and 1½ inches deep. One is a clock. The other is an aneroid barometer with two pointers. The pressure scale on the barometer extends from 27 to 31 inches of mercury, read to tenths of an inch. It is also marked “STORMY MUCH RAIN RAIN CHANGE FAIR SET FAIR VERY DRY.” A wooden pillar between these two instruments holds a mercury-in-glass thermometer with an enameled back and a metal plate with temperature scale.
This came to the Smithsonian in 1923.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1900
overall: 8 1/2 in x 7 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 21.59 cm x 19.685 cm x 6.35 cm
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Dr. and Mrs. M. L. Turner
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National Museum of American History


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