Like our bobbin sand timers this barometer is made of recycled industrial artifacts dating back to the 1940's. The timer is composed of antique wood spools found in abandoned textile mills in England and Scotland. The spools were used to hold thread, cotton, and yarn that were spun into fabric. Yarn passed between these rollers to be pressed and controlled before it was spun into fabric.
The Galileo thermometer within the bobbin frame has 5 floating balls
and is filled with liquid that changes density as it heats and cools. The balls of liquid rise and fall with the temperature change . The lowest floating ball reads the current temperatures.
As with all antique and hand-made items, the colors and decorations vary from piece to piece. We consider this to be a special part of their history and character.
Bought one of these for my husband after his Galileo Thermometer was broken in a fall. He loves it. Not only does it have the thermometer but the antique bobbins really add to the look! Thanks for such a great idea!
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