Altimeter, Simple, 20,000 FT., Zenith Mk V.a. WWI and/or Post WWI RAF
Here is a WWI-era / Post WWI Simple Altimeter indicating height up to 28,000 ft. The knob rotates stiffly to turn the dial to adjust for ground height. The bezeled glass appears to be original. It is of the British RAF as indicated by the Air Ministry symbol stamped on the back.
We have seen claims that these were used in aircraft such as the Sopwith Camel and Sopwith Pup, but these claims have not been independently confirmed by AeroAntique.
The pointer rotates counterclockwise as the aircraft climbs, indicating height of the aircraft along the outer scale. As the aircraft exceeds 15,000 ft, height is read on the inner scale to 20,000 ft.
It is in exceptional condition given its age, and we are proud to display it here as part of our private collection of historical artifacts. Measures 4.5 inch diameter and ~1.25 inches thick.