F. Casartel, alcohol thermometer, 1720-1750

Made:
1720-1750 in Amsterdam
maker:
F Casartel

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Casartel of Amsterdam made this alcohol thermometer. He marked it with both Fahrenheit and Florentine scales, as no one
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Alcohol thermometer in wooden glazed case by F. Casartel, Amsterdam, Holland, 1720 to 1750. Scale plate marked with Fahrenheit and Florentine divisions.

Casartel of Amsterdam made this alcohol thermometer. He marked it with both Fahrenheit and Florentine scales, as no one scale was universally recognised at the time. The domestic design of the thermometer shows its probable origin as a stylish ornament rather than an instrument for serious science.

Details

Category:
Meteorology
Object Number:
1954-254
Materials:
alcohol, glass, metal (unknown), wood (mahogany) and wood (oak veneer)
type:
alcohol thermometer
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • thermometer
credit:
National Maritime Museum

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