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Rare Vintage Pullin Optical Co Photographic Thermometer in Pen Style Case c1950s - Darkroom Equipment film developing printing photography

Rare Vintage Pullin Optical Co Photographic Thermometer in Pen Style Case c1950s - Darkroom Equipment film developing printing photography

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  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Craft type: Photography
  • Materials: Blue Dye Alcohol Thermometer, Metsal Case
  • Gift message available
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This is a rare, scarce vintage, glass photographic thermometer by Pullin Optical Co Ltd, London and dates to the late 1950's.

The thermometer comes within the original metal case, that is shaped as a pen, This is an alcohol thermometer with blue dye and tested, as can be seen by photos 5 and 6 above. The thermometer in the metal case is 14.6cm long. The thermometer has a single scale: 40 - 110F

The thermometer is in very good condition with no damage. The case and lid has wear, surface marks, scratches and rusting in places, see photos 7 and 8 for examples. There is some minor wear to the lettering and numbers, see photos 9 and 10 above.

The cased thermometer weighs 26.2g

Postage / Shipping:
UK by Royal Mail 2nd class signed for, Royal Mail 1st class signed for and special delivery are an optional postage add on.

Due to the nature of the item, it is not permitted to send this type of item to international destinations.

Please note: I do not ship to PO Boxes (orders with a PO Box as an address will be cancelled). VAT is not included in the prices shown and I am not VAT registered to collect VAT.


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Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.


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