Short & Mason Aneroid Barometer

This is a hefty instrument, 5 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep. The face reads: “Surveying Aneroid / COMPENSATED FOR TEMPERATURE / Short & Mason / London / Tycos / Made in England.” The altitude scale around the circumference of the face reads in from sea level to 6000 feet. An inner pressure scale reads from 24.8 to 31 inches of mercury. Both scales can be read by a magnifying lens.
The Taylor Instrument Companies began operating, as such, 1904, introduced the Tycos trade mark in 1908, and gave this instrument to the Smithsonian in 1923.
Object Name
barometer, aneroid
date made
ca 1920
Short & Mason
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Measuring & Mapping
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Taylor Instrument Companies

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