If the folks over at Boing Boing
measured rainfall between their prolific blog posts, I'd bet they would go for something like this steampunk
-looking brass, mechanical rain gauge
With its antique look, it recalls the genius of Thomas Jefferson, known for his mathematically based inventions combining art and purpose.
The rain gauge includes a rain collection vial with floating ball, necessary screws and hooks, solid brass body for measuring, a wooden stake with brass mounting pole and a finial on top to complete the look.
Standing 42 inches tall, the solid brass and glass Jeffersonian employs a float-and lever mechanism to move a dial across an arched gauge, which features cutout numerals and notches at precise intervals along both sides.
As rain collects in the glass vial, the float rises and moves the lever, which is attached to a stylish pointer that moves up and down the gauge. You will be able to know exactly how much rain your garden is getting with this rain gauge.Product details:
Measures rainfall mechanically
Large, easy-to-read numbers
Solid brass and stainless steel construction
Lifetime manufacturer guarantee
The gauge measures rainfall at 1/10 inch intervals, from 0 to 5.5
The brass, mechanical rain gauge is 12.5 inches wide and 31 inches tall
Finish:Light Antiqued Brass