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Metal maximum and minimum thermometer
    • Setting:
      Room XV
    • Maker:
    • Place:
    • Date:
      first half 19th cent.
    • Materials:
      slate, glass, brass
    • Dimensions:
      height 1110 mm , width 245 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Metal maximum and minimum thermometer (Inv. 1895)

Metal thermometer operated by the thermal expansion and contraction of a metal rod (probably made of lead). The rod is housed in a glass tube and mounted on a slate base with an inverted T shape. The lower part of the rod acts on a pair of identical mechanisms consisting of two pointers, moved by toothed wheels meshing with racks. The pointers are placed in such a way that one of them indicates, on a thermometric scale, the maximum temperature reached (corresponding to the minimum length of the rod), while the other records the minimum temperature. The pointers, scales, and transmission mechanisms are enclosed in a brass box with a glass front.