The first thermometers were called thermoscopes, and Italian inventor Santorio Santorio was the first person to put a numerical scale on the instrument.

Galileo Galilei invented a rudimentary water thermometer in 1593, which for the first time, allowed temperature variations to be measured. In 1714, Gabriel Fahrenheit invented the first mercury thermometer, the modern thermometer.

Irish Blessings Wall Thermometer
Fossil Sumac Wall Clock & Thermometer Tree of Life Wall Thermometer

Whitetail Deer Wall Clock & Thermometer Bass Fish Wall Clock & Thermometer
Pinecone Thermometer Clock

Thermometer & Clock in One

In a mercury thermometer, the liquid expands as it is heated and contracts when it is cooled, so the length of the liquid column is longer or shorter, depending on the temperature. Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we are proud to offer a fun array of handy and helpful thermometers to add to your garden decor! These beautiful and useful thermometers are made from durable, rust-free recycled aluminum for earth-friendly appeal. They are also made right here in the USA; you can be proud to display them for all to see on the side of your home, garden shed or fence.

Lab Thermometer Clock Pineapple Thermometer Clock

Alternative Designs

Our Acanthus Thermometer Clock and  Cardinal Thermometer Clock are made with great care and attention to detail right here in the USA, combining the above functions in a vertical design. 
Sunflower Thermometer Stake Cardinal Thermometer Clock