The Stormglass was, is so far as we know, first used in about 1750 by sailing ships to predict stormy weather.
The first proper report concerning its use on board a ship stems from the Darwin Expedition in 1831-1836. On December 27th 1831, Charles Darwin set off in the three-masted "HMS Beagle" under the command of Captain Fitzroy (1805-1865), who throughout his career at sea and on land used the Stormglass. Fitzroy later became Admiral of the Fleet and was a meteoroloigist who later became director of the British Meteorological Office. He wrote the famous "Weather Book" popularising the art of forecasting the weather and communicating it to all strata of the population. At the height of his career - and true to a family tradition - he slit his own throat.
The Stormglass is a reliable barometer. Everybody who has one will consult it daily to see what the weather is going to do in the next 24 hours or so. Others use the Stormglass to predict when the fish are biting! Whatever its use, there is no doubt that the Stormglass works. However, to date, nobody has been able to provide a scientific explanation as to exactly why. Admiral Fitzroy believed that it was down to static electricity in the fields around us. A revloutionary thought at the time!
For optimum use, place the Stormglass in a cool place - for example in a south-facing window or on a boat. As the name suggests, the Stormglass is best at predicting stormy weather within the next 24 to 48-hour period. The Stormglass does not completely replace the barometer - but it is a good supplement. Always remember to check the weather forecast!
The Stormglass is a highly-valued object for everyday useand is a popular gift; an example of genuine Danish craftmanship. Keep the Stormglass away from strong heat and direct sunlight as it may then cease to function.
Manufactured in Denmark by Delite (incorporating E S Sorensen) and standing 140mm tall, this Stormglass is supplied complete with mount.
Available in three finishes as detailed below.
Warning: In case of contact with the active liquid, immediately wash with plenty of water.
|SKU||Finish||Height||Davey's Product Code|
|028229||Polished Stainless Steel||140mm||ES/550404|
|028230||Brushed Stainless Steel||140mm||ES/550405|