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ANTIQUE FRENCH THERMOMETER AND DESK TIDY

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SKU: 191509/spr13 Category: Tag:
SKU: 191509/spr13

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ANTIQUE FRENCH THERMOMETER AND DESK TIDY

ANTIQUE FRENCH THERMOMETER AND DESK TIDY

Date: Late 19th century
Stock Number: 191509/spr13
Height: 11.5 ins / 29.21 cms
Width: 9 ins / 22.86 cms
Depth: 4.75 ins / 12.07 cms
Price: SOLD

A late 19th Century French thermometer / desk tidy in amboyna framed and mounted in brass calibrated for Fahrenheit and Réaumur (René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur- 1683-1757), the French physicist and contemporary of Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686-1736) devised this scale in 1731. Zero point of his scale corresponds to the temperature of melting ice, and 80º to that of boiling water. Superseded by centigrade whose zero is the freezing point of water, and boiling point is 100º. It is possible that the thermometer predates the desk tidy and was ‘recycled’ from an earlier instrument.

 

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