Posted 7 years ago
This is a beautiful Art Deco, thermometer/humidity guide. This desktop bakelite item was manufactured in the 1930's by the Taylor Instrument Company in Rochester NY. The fins on the base give it a streamlined appearance. The contrasting caramel and cherry bakelite color combination is a rare combo for this item. I've seen it more often with a black face. Many of these streamlined, desktop instruments were designed by H. Brainard Brown for the Taylor Instrument Company, but I could not find this exact case in a patent search. It appears to still work pretty well after all of these years. On the bottom of the base, someone has penciled $3.50, which might be the original price for this item. That would have been a fairly expensive price during the Great Depression era.