Case, containing hydrometer

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Case, containing hydrometer

This wooden case contains a Sikes hydrometer, an instrument used to measure the density of a liquid and thus its alcohol content for taxation purposes, at a given temperature. The hydrometer was sold by James Urquhart of Dundee.

The ivory plate on the case reads 'SIKES HYDROMETER/ JAMES URQUHART/ BALTIC ST/ DUNDEE'.

The Sikes hydrometer is named after its designer Bartholomew Sikes (1731-1803). Sikes won a competition held to find the best hydrometer design.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-053-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1972.5
Date: Early 20th century
Material: Brass, wood slide rule / red fabric-lined box. Inscription: J. URQUHART BALTIC ST. DUNDEE; 48618; W. REEVES & Co. 26 MINORIES LONDON; W. REEVES & CO. 26 MINORIES LONDON; 19703
Dimensions: 100 mm x 125 mm x 15 mm
What: Hydrometer, Sikes / box
Subject: 22. PHYSICS, Hydrostatics (Departmental Classification)
Who: J. Urquhart, Baltic Street, Dundee, Scotland (Maker)
Sikes (Eponym)
W. Reeves and Co. (Inscribed on the hydrometer)
Where: England, London (26 Minories)
Scotland, Angus, Dundee
Description: Sikes hydrometer in a red fabric-lined box, signed by James Urquhart, Dundee, early 20th century
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