SHORT & MASON 'Ranger' barometer and thermometer by Kenneth Grange, 1965

This modern looking instrument was designed by Kenneth Grange for Short and Mason in 1965. It was featured in the December 1965 edition of the Design Journal; at the time it cost £9 9s - around £190 at today's prices. This was one of Short and Mason's last products for the consumer market before they merged with Taylor instruments in 1969.

The solid zebrano wood case houses standard Short and Mason movements behind die-cast, zinc plated bezels with twin black spun aluminium dials - one reading pressure and the other temperature. Unusually the glass is concave, intended to reduce the risk of breakage and minimise reflections. These two units are permanently fixed into the case indicating that this is an early model - later versions used a clip system. The instrument is designed to be either free standing or wall hanging (a special 'hidden' bracket was provided for this purpose, but in this case it is missing).

The instrument has been disassembled and the components cleaned and serviced as appropriate. The case and bezels have also been cleaned and polished. There is some slight permanent discolouration/oxidatio to the bezels and a few marks to the wooden case consistent with careful use - all visible in the photos. Overall it is in excellent vintage conditon and displays very well.

It is currently set to read pressure at sea-level but will be supplied with instructions on adjustment to local conditions.

Dial diameter 4 inches (102mm); overall width 245mm; overall depth 62mm. Weight 1.1kg

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