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    Posted 7 years ago

    Arisellon
    (86 items)

    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.

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    Comments

    1. lzenglish lzenglish, 7 years ago
      Very Nice! Taylor has been around for along time, and I never pass one up, if the price is right.
      Wayne
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      I have some!!!
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/111650-walter-dorwin-teague--usa-dates-1927
    4. Arisellon Arisellon, 7 years ago
      Nice Sean...does yours have a patent number on it somewhere? I've discovered that a lot of deco items get mistakenly attributed to the wrong designers, especially the more famous ones such as Teague. A patent search can often confirm it, but it helps to have a patent number.
    5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      yes there is pat number 1612344 and thankyou Arisellon!!
    6. Arisellon Arisellon, 7 years ago
      Sean...interesting. Are you sure that's the right number? That patent number does show this 1926 barometer which is not designed by Teague (click on images on the site): http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=1612344.PN.&OS=PN/1612344&RS=PN/1612344

      However, the patent might be just for the mechanical parts of the barometer and not the design of the case.
    7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      your right it is just for the mechanical part sorry wrong link .
    8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      from my research on the net , people were saying that this is a walter Teague design
    9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/stormoguide-art-deco-barometer-walter-75461046
    10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      do love your barometer!!!
    11. Arisellon Arisellon, 7 years ago
      Sean...it's possible he designed yours for Taylor, since he designed this similar one for Taylor:

      https://www.google.com/patents/USD89620?dq=%22walter+dorwin+teague%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=boDCVMbrOomeNt-EgNgD&ved=0CDgQ6AEwBDgU

      With Google patent search, you search by designer, which I did for Teague. However, I did not see yours specifically. It's not an exact science for sure and not everything was patented.
    12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Thankyou Arisellon for the information and the link!!! by the way you have a great collection of ART DECO!!!
    13. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 7 years ago
      I have one like that, but with a butterscotch base. I wish mine was in as good condition as yours! Congrats!

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