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Barograph - Richard Freres, Paris, circa 1890 Object Reg. No: ST 022139

Summary:
Barograph or recording barometer, made by Richard Freres, Paris, serial no. 10212, circa 1890. Used at Melbourne Observatory.

An aneroid barometer records variations in atmospheric pressure onto a chart on a clockwork-driven drum.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Observatory, 1945
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 16.5 cm (Height), 14.4 cm (Width), 29.6 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: barographs, barometer accessories, barometers, meteorological apparatus instruments
Themes this item is part of: Melbourne Observatory Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Positional Astronomy at Melbourne Observatory, Weights & Measures at Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory & Standard Time in Victoria, Astrographic Catalogue, Transits of Venus, 1874 & 1882, Buildings at Melbourne Observatory, Star Observations & Personal Equation, Meteorology at Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1908, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Geodetic Survey of Victoria, 1858-1872
Primary Classification: PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Secondary Classification: Meteorology
Tertiary Classification: barometers
Inscriptions: Base marked "RICHARD FRERES, CONSTRUCTEURS BREYETES, PARIS. 10212". Brass plate on top of case marked "BAROMETERE ENREGISTREUR, BREYETE S. G. D. G. RICHARD FRERES, CONSTRUCTUERS. 8, IMPASSE FESSART, 8. PARIS".
Maker: Richard Freres, Paris, France, circa 1890
User: Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia

Comments

Martyn Rees Posted on 28 Apr 2010 12:18 PM
I have a device which I am told records temperature rather than pressure? but looks very like a barograph. It does have what looks like a bi metalic strip protruding from the back end.
On the plate is 'L Casella London agent for Ricgard Feres'. The only number looks like a batch number 32331?
Discovery Centre Posted on 02 May 2010 10:22 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Martyn, thanks for your enquiry. The object you have may be a thermograph. You can make a visual comparison here: http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/search?q=thermograph. It was not manufactured for Richard Freres, but was used by the Melbourne Observatory.
Anders Liljencrantz Posted on 27 Jul 2012 11:26 PM
I have an identical and fully functional barograph with serial number 22740. It has however no inscriptions or plates beside tha serial number.

In addition I have a small box of paper sheets for registration of air pressures to be mounted onto the cylinder. They seems to be originally produced for the Swedish market and are graded in mm Hg. Besides of these I also have modern high quality copies graded i mBar. It is a very pedagogical way to demonstrate that air pressure varies even on the hour basis ;)
Jan Boon Posted on 21 Nov 2012 10:12 PM
I have a similar barograph, nr.23957, with RF monogram on the base plate. I purchased it 45 years ago at an auction for $50.

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