Compensated Aneroid Barometer
A lovely c1890 Pocket Compensated aneroid barometer incorporating an altimeter calibrated from 0 – 15,000ft. The outer casing, bezel and face are in very good condition. 68mm in diameter. The original case has seen better days. In good working order.
An aneroid barometer is an instrument used for measuring air pressure as a method that does not involve liquid. Invented in 1844 by French scientist Lucien Vidi, the aneroid barometer uses a small, flexible metal box called an aneroid cell (capsule), which is made from an alloy of beryllium and copper. The evacuated capsule (or usually several capsules, stacked to add up their movements) is prevented from collapsing by a strong spring. Small changes in external air pressure cause the cell to expand or contract. This expansion and contraction drives mechanical levers such that the tiny movements of the capsule are amplified and displayed on the face of the aneroid barometer.