Aethermeter Large

Circa 1870

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Price $375 Available

  • 5.4lbs 7″H x 12″ W x 3″D


Steam powered testing device designed by Bernard Maets, a little known but very prolific inventor of the 19th century.

Type and Function:

This unit provides a means for testing an almost limitless list of parameters in the hands of a trained technician. Bernard need such devices for use in a variaty of his activities from steam power to aether detection, from hydrogen leak detection to time parameter assessment and much more.

The five keys are operated individually or in sets, while the clip can be moved to any one of a hundred settings.  Unfortunately, the directions for the unit have not been found.  The exact operation of the keys and clip is not known.  More experimentation is needed.

Recovery Site:

This model was discovered in 1929 during an excavations relate to the Chicago Fire of October 10, 1871, during the building of the Merchandise Mart. It came into the hands of the Maets Foundation in the early 1980’s. Further research is on going.

Principal Investigator:

This object has been recovered, studied and restored by Ed Kidera.
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