Charles wilder was born the son of mark and eliza ann (thayer) wilder. He attended the common schools and the academy in peterborough. He became a popular teacher at the academy and later the principal. He had planned to continue his education and become a layer but his fathers debts forced him into the family business of shoe pegs. He pursued this business for two years when in 1860 he secured the rights to manufacture portable mercury barometers under the patent issued to a mr. Woodruff of ann arbor, michigan. Each barometer had a natural position and use for a thermometer so he developed his own line. As a successful businessman and prominent citizen he was an active member and supporter of his church. He served as a representative to the state legislature in 1869 and 1870 and was also a town moderator in 1869. In 1900 he died. Gurley instrument company of troy, new york. Most of this info was provided from the peterborough, new hampshire historical society. This instrument has a very unusual case, referred to as the “the baseball bat” model. The tube is enclosed in a bird’s-eye maple case. Behind the curved piece of glass located in the upper section is a vernier and a thermometer. The vernier is operated by a wire that extends through the top of case. The thermometer is mounted on the engraved silvered brass plate and does not look to be in working order. It is signed c. Note the lovely acorn finial mounted on top of the case and the wood looks to be in original un-refinished condition showing some alligatoring and wear to the finish, the barometer also looks like it had a bottom cap that went on the piece that may have matched to top acorn adorned cap that is missing from the bottom, but could easily be matched by an accomplished wood worker. This instrument was made circa 1865. Overall, this barometer measures 37 1/2 long. This great antique c.The item “Antique C. Wilder New Hampshire Woodruffs Patent 1860 Stick Barometer Original” is in sale since Wednesday, May 13, 2015. This item is in the category “Antiques\Science & Medicine (Pre-1930)\Scientific Instruments\Barometers”. The seller is “antiquestreasures2011″ and is located in Sedalia, Missouri. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Maker: C. Wilder
- Original/Reproduction: Original