Warehouse 13, USS Eldridge Barometer Artifact

original movie prop

In third season episode Past Imperfect, an agent at Myka's former Denver Secret Service office is discovered to be using a clandestine artifact that causes time to stop for 47 seconds for everyone nearby except the user (and anyone they're touching), who can then move about manipulating people and objects until the normal flow of time resumes. The artifact, a barometer from the U.S.S. Eldridge, the Navy destroyer where the Philadelphia Experiment occurred, has been used by the agent to remove people who are in the way, including Myka's former partner Sam as well as the man who shot him. Used again by Evil Artie to great effect in fourth season midseason finale episode We All Fall Down.


The Philadelphia Experiment is one of the great enduring urban legends of the 20th century. Supposedly, the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Eldridge took part in a top secret military experiment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on or around 28 October 1943, in which a cloaking device designed to render the ship invisible to detection was tested, with predictably disastrous results (insanity, people materializing inside bulkheads, etc.)  There are many variations and embellishments on the story, but not a shred of solid evidence for any of it; many real world documents directly contradict key features of the alleged timeline, and former ship's crewmen have never confirmed that it happened. The usual descriptions of the Philadelphia Experiment don't actually include any references to freezing time for 47 seconds; it hardly matters, though, as the tale has been modified with each new telling, frequently by the addition of time travel elements to the narrative.


Metal fold-out barometer, by Dalvey of Scotland, with 'U.S.S. ELDRIDGE' metal plaque affixed to the cover, and New & Old World map graphic decals inside.


From VIP Fan Auctions & NBCUniversal.

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category: original / screen-used
type: movie props
celebrity: Joanne Kelly (14)
original (12)  |  replica (2)
movie: Warehouse 13 (TV) (2009)
original (111)  |  replica (31)
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