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.


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.