- The simple storm glass, also known as a chemical weather glass, consists of a sealed glass vessel containing a salt in solution, so designed that the state of crystallization was said to indicate some aspect of the weather. A torn paper label on the back of this example provides instructions for use.
- The inventor of the storm glass is unknown, but the form was widely known in Europe and the United States by the middle years of the nineteenth century. A British scientist named Charles Tomlinson conducted experiments and found that “the storm-glass acts as a rude kind of thermoscope, inferior, for most purposes of observation, to the thermometer.”
- Ref: Charles Tomlinson, “An Experimental Examination of the so-called Storm-glass,” The Philosophical Magazine 26 (1863): 93-109.
- Anita McConnell and Philip Collins, “Will the True Originator of the Storm Glass Please Own Up,” Ambix 53 (2013): 67–75
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- weather glass
- overall: 26 cm x 12.7 cm x 15.3 cm; 10 1/4 in x 5 in x 6 in
- overall: 10 in x 5 in x 6 in; 25.4 cm x 12.7 cm x 15.24 cm
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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