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Box with thermometers
    • Setting:
      Room VIII
    • Maker:
    • Place:
    • Date:
      mid-17th cent.
    • Materials:
      box: leather, satin; thermometers: glass
    • Dimensions:
      225x315x270 mm
    • Inventory:
      195, 2450
    • Box with thermometers (Inv. 195, 2450)
    • Box with thermometers (Inv. 195, 2450)

The box contains seven glass instruments: a stem hydrometer; an infingardo [slow] thermometer; two fifty-degree thermometers; a seventy-degree thermometer; a thermometer with acquarzente and migliaruole [lead pellets], probably used to measure both temperature and density of liquids; and a clinical "frog" thermometer, added later. The seventy- and fifty-degree divisions are two of the many thermometric scales adopted by the Accademia del Cimento. The thermometric liquid is acquarzente.