Museo Galileo
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Stick barometer
    • Setting:
      Room XVIII
    • Maker:
    • Date:
      late 18th cent.
    • Materials:
      wood, brass, ivory
    • Dimensions:
      height 1153 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Stick barometer (Inv. 697)
    • Stick barometer (Inv. 697)

Walking stick containing a barometer with ivory cistern and metal support. The head carries a magnetic compass. The barometer is extracted by unscrewing the head. The glass parts are lost. A screw under the cistern regulated the bottom inlet, allowing the barometric tube to be completely filled with mercury when the instrument was not in use. The barometric scale is in French inches. There was a thermometer, of which only the thermometric scale survives.