Historical information

This thermometer came from the Orr family at Addington. Archibald Orr, father and son, were butchers as well as farmers. B Heller & Co was founded in 1896 in Chicago and was well known for its sausage making and preservatives.

Significance

The thermometer provides an insight into the manner early butchers processed meat.

Physical description

A cylindrical wooden case containing a bulb thermometer with markings for boiling various meats - hams, bacon, corned beef and pickled pork. The bulb at the contains balls of mercury.

Inscriptions & markings

Certified correct/ tested in our laboratory/ Guaranteed accurate/ B HELLER & Co of Chicago USA/ reprints forbidden/ Copyright 1911.