Charles Wilder of Peterborough, New Hampshire.
This stick barometer is American made. It was made by Charles Wilder of Peterborough, New Hampshire.
This instrument has a straight tube with a cast-iron cistern, a vernier, and a mercury thermometer which is on the throat. It is signed "C. Wilder Peterborough. NH." This instrument is complete, fully restored and operational. It was made circa 1865. The case is oak and retains an appropriate finish. The grain pattern exhibited in the wood is lively. We consider this form to be the middle of three case grades. This model features a peaked top where as the basic model is rounded. This model is not commonly found. This barometer measures 38.25 inches long.
About Charles Wilder of Peterborough, New Hampshire. An American barometer maker.
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. Wilder Barometers were sold throughout the United States by advertising through the leading agricultural periodicals of the day.
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. The business continued for a short time until it was sold to the W. & L. E. Gurley Instrument Company of Troy, New York. (Most of this info was provided from the Peterborough, New Hampshire Historical Society.)
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