Thermometer

Made 1770-1800

This mercury-in-glass thermometer can be accurately dated to 1774-1793 because its English makers, Nairne and Blunt, were only in partnership for that period. It is marked in degrees Fahrenheit, a system in which water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees. Mercury was used in thermometers because it is a liquid over a wide temperature range and expands in volume ten times more than glass. Long-term temperature records have helped meteorologists and mathematicians understand and model o...

Summary

86/834
Thermometer, Fahrenheit, with case, glass / mercury / metal / wood / shagreen, Nairne and Blunt, London, England, 1774-1793

Production

1770-1800

Source

Purchased 1986
2 July, 1986

Cite this Object

Thermometer 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 June 2017, <https://ma.as/68006>
{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/68006 |title= Thermometer |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=26 June 2017 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
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