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Combined barometer and thermometer, 1719.

Combined barometer and thermometer, 1719.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


In the bottle tube type of mercury barometer, the tube includes an open bulb at the lower end to act as a reservoir for the mercury. Half a century after the original experiments by Torricelli, the barometer was a decorative piece of furniture. Isaac Robelou of London decorated this one in the Chinese style, and with an extra spirit thermometer.

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