Reference numberMOB/051
TitleHydrometer by Robert Bate
ArtistBate, Brettel Robert
DescriptionA hydrometer with hinged wooden case, comprising ten bulbs and a stem with scale inscribed. Manufactured by Robert Bate for the Royal Society's Excise Committe.
Extent1 instrument
FormatScientific Instrument
MaterialsBrass, wood
Access statusOpen
ProvenanceCommissioned by the Excise Committee for a Treasury sponsored project: to devise a simple and practicable instrument to be used by excisemen in assesing the strength of spirits, wine and beer. The Committee were satisfired by Bates's hydrometer and recommended it to the Treasury. (M Boas-Hall, 'All Scientists Now: The Royal Society in the Nineteenth Century', Cambridge: CUP, 1984, pp168)
Related records in the catalogueMS/411
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Picture Library
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