Aneroid Barometer

Aneroid Barometer

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Following in his father’s footsteps, Edwin Kendall (b. 1812) manufactured thermometers in New Lebanon, New York. By the 1850s he was making aneroid barometers as well, and aiming his advertising at farmers. This example has a paper plate marked “ANEROID BAROMETER / E. KENDALL / NEW LEBANON SPA. / N.Y.” The scale around the circumference extends from 24 to 32 inches of mercury, and is graduated to.02 inches. One hand indicates the current pressure, and the other a previous one.
Ref.: S.C. Turner, "The Kendall Family: Thermometer and Barometer Makers," Rittenhouse 7 (1992): 16-27.
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Object Name
barometer, aneroid
date made
Kendall, Edwin
place made
United States: New York, New Lebanon
overall: 4 3/4 in; 12.065 cm
overall: 2 3/8 in x 5 3/4 in x 6 3/8 in; 6.0325 cm x 14.605 cm x 16.1925 cm
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"I have seen the name Edward Kendall, in addition to Edwin. Are there two, or is Edwin correct?"
He seems to have used both names. Or others did.
We have no record of an Edward Kendall making either thermometers or barometers.

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