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1930s Thermodial White Bakelite Bimetallic Thermometer

1930s Thermodial White Bakelite Bimetallic Thermometer


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1930s Thermodial White Bakelite Bimetallic Thermometer

A 1930s Thermodial White Bakelite Bimetallic Thermometer in good working order. It has a lovely face, with an easy to read dial showing the ‘freezing point’ temperature of 32 ºF. Measures from 10 to 130 ºF.


  • The bakelite has no chips, cracks or restoration.
  • The chrome accent is slightly pitted
  • The felt on the base is thin in some areas.

(Apologies for the reflection in the face in the images!).

Made by Thermo dial, Newark, New Jersey, USA (a subsidiary of Fisher Scientific).

A ‘must have’ item for the man cave, she den, study or office. It measures temperature in Fahrenheit and is encased in a Bakelite moulding, with a chrome and bakelite plinth; allowing it to display nicely on an office desk or mantelpiece. The rear of the thermometer has a metal plate where the mechanism can be adjusted to give the correct temperature reading.

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Plinth Depth: 4.6cm
  • Plinth Length: 12.8cm (5″)
  • Height (Plinth and Thermometer): 12cm
  • Diameter of thermometer face: 7cm

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Bimetallic Thermometer

The thermometer has a metal pointer that moves up and down a circular scale. The pointer is mounted on a coiled piece of metal called a bimetallic strip. The hotter the temperature, the more the bimetallic strip expands, and the more it pushes the pointer up the scale.

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