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Hicks Minimum Thermometer

Hicks Minimum Thermometer

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Description
This alcohol-in-glass Rutherford-type thermometer is mounted on a white porcelain plate that is marked "575" and with the M/O monogram of the British Meteorological Office and "J. HICKS, 8, 9 & 10. HATTON GARDEN LONDON" and an monogram. The plate is also graduated every 5 degrees Fahrenheit from -20 to +110. The thermometer stem is marked "575" and with the M/O monogram; and graduated every degree Fahrenheit from -25 to +110. The whole is mounted on a wooden base that has metal guards protecting the bulb, and that once had two metal loops so that it could be hung horizontally.
James J. Hicks (1837-1916) apprenticed with Casella and rose to the position of foreman before beginning in business on his own. He rented a shop at 8 Hatton Garden in 1864 and expanded to 8, 9 & 10 Hatton Garden in the 1880s.
Ref: Anita McConnell, King of the Clinicals. The Life and Times of J. J. Hicks (1837-1916) (York, 1998).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
minimum thermometer
thermometer
maker
J. J. Hicks
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Measurements
tube: 12 in; 30.48 cm
overall: 13 3/4 in; 34.925 cm
overall: 3 1/4 in x 13 5/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 8.255 cm x 34.6075 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
PH.317471
accession number
230396
catalog number
317471
Credit Line
U.S. Weather Bureau
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Thermometers and Hygrometers
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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