Reference numberMOB/052
TitleSaccharometer by Robert Bate
ArtistBate, Brettel Robert
DescriptionA saccharometer with hinged wooden case, comprising a collection of weights and a stem with scale inscribed. Manufactured by Robert Bate for the Royal Society's Excise Committee.
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. Committee resolved that the hydrometer was preferable to the saccharometer: 'any instrument, being a Hydrometer, which is used as a Saccharometer, giving indications in degrees of specific gravity, is preferable in principle to one indicating by arbitrary degrees. ' [CMB/67/17]
Related records in the catalogueCMB/67/17
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Picture Library
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