Printed replica of British era Stephens Inks Thermometer installed outside Kasauli Hotel : The Tribune India


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Ambika Sharma

Solan, July 4th

The scammers seem to be observing British-era artifacts found in abundance in Kasauli.

A British era Stephens Inks thermometer, which stood outside the Alasia Hotel, was stolen in December 2020 and now the owners of vintage Stephens Inks signage have received questions from strangers in town.

Was stolen in 2020

The British era Stephens Inks Thermometer was stolen in December 2020 and now owners of vintage Stephens Inks signage have been getting questions from strangers in town. This has raised alarm bells among historians and those with a keen interest in these artifacts.

This has raised alarm bells among historians and those with a keen interest in these artifacts.

Ashwani Kumar, a resident of Chandigarh, who has a fondness for such items, said: “Authorities should wake up and ensure that these relics are well protected as they can fetch hundreds of thousands of rupees globally. international.

Anand Sethi, a historian in Dagshai, said, “Various online platforms like Art Loss Register, which maintains the world’s largest private database of stolen antiquities, ‘Stolen Works of Art Database’, which is a INTERPOL, can help trace these thefts.

“Using such platforms, we will try to raise the thermometer. The help of the Association for research on crimes against art can also be requested for this purpose.

Ashwani installed a flex-sheet printed replica of the large British-era thermometer outside the hotel on Saturday to give a sense of the original piece.

Although it is hardly an impression, but according to Ashwani, “something is better than nothing”, because the empty space left behind makes us nostalgic. Passers-by used to glance at the thermometer.

Hotel manager Devinder Kumar said it was on the morning of December 25, 2020 that the thermometer was found missing. “Security personnel were informed of the theft which had taken place the previous night. Since the CCTV cameras weren’t working, there was no clue about the disbelievers. »

“Questions about its auction were pouring in when the hotel reopened after the pandemic in 2020. An FIR was filed after an unsuccessful search,” he added.

Fearing that the original thermometer could have ended up in an auction, Ashwani says: ‘It was not only in working order, but also of the British era. It was a Stephens Inks product, which revolutionized office life in the second half of the 19th century, saving office workers time spent mixing powdered inks and keeping nibs perfectly clean.

Stephens Inks were invented by British physician Dr Henry Stephens, who developed his indelible blue-black writing fluid in 1832. Stephens Inks manufactured such thermometers for advertising outside newsagents’ shops and on the buildings.

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