Dutch weather glas, 1601-1900
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

Dutch weather glas, 1601-1900

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Weather glases like this were made in large quantities in the 17th-19th centries and later, as replicas in the 20th century. The changing air presure would alter the height to which liquid in the flask rose in the spout, but as changes in temperature could do this too, the instrument was never scientifically useful.

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