Yar, matey, it looks like sailin’ gear a sea dog (yarf!) might use to sail the various oceans around the world. Besides a leak-proof boat, a captain needs to know the weather before he weighs anchor in search of true love (‘true love’ being riches, rum and sending shivers down the timbers of the local population). The first dial shows the local temperature (thermometer). It’s important to know whether one should wear a jacket or just a sweater vest when putting out to sea.
The middle gauge is a barometer, used to determine air pressure. Measuring it is important because it forewarns changes in the atmosphere which effects the weather. It wouldn’t do to set sail into a hurricane. Few who have done so have lived to tell the tale.
sad yar : (
The gauge on the right measures humidity in the air. This one seems a little silly if you’re at sea where humidity goes hand in hand with water. Being a landlubber, it’s probable that The Purging Lutheran is blind to an obvious use of a hygrometer.
My father most certainly found this in the home of someone who went to Davy Jones’s Locker*. He had it hanging on a wall in the living room where he watched the news, read the paper, and smoked his occasional cigarello. I doubt that he ever refered to it for any practical reason. It is off to Chicago, I believe.
Revelation 20:13 “And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.”