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Object ID # 1970.089.004
Object Name Barometer, Aneroid
Title Aneroid Barometer from the Steamer FRANCES SMITH
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date pre-1896
Year Range from 1867
Year Range to 1896
Artist Unidentified Manufacturer
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Aneroid barometer from the S.S. FRANCES SMITH. The barometer has a circular, brass housing. The dial is solid. It has a word scale in black lettering: "Stormy / Much Rain / Rain / Change / Fair Set Fair / Very Dry." The wording "Aneroid Barometer" and "25140" are also printed. The calibrations are in black. They go all around the dial, and range from 25 to 31. In between each are ten calibrations, subdivided each into five calibrations. The barometer's housing has a brass watch-loop-style hanging ring. There is a thin, blue-steel pointer arrow. Its distal end is crescent-shaped. A gold-tone arrow is placed above it. The barometer has a small brass turning knob above the arrows, present on the exterior of the glass face. Around the clear glass face, the brass housing has a circular repeated "x" design pattern. No manufacturer's identification is seen.
Makers mark None
Provenance Used to be aboard the S. S. Frances Smith, but during which years is unknown. It may have been used between 1867-1871, as Captain Smith died in 1871. The last owner, Frank W. Smith of Owen Sound, Grey County, was Captain Smith's grandson.
Collection Transportation, Water: Accessory Collection
Material Brass/Glass/Metal
Dimensions D-5 Dia-11.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Smith, Captain W. H.
Subjects Marine History
Barometers
Ships
Weather
Search Terms S. S. Frances Smith

Owen Sound Harbour
Function An instrument used for measuring atmospheric pressure in order to anticipate weather conditions.