Hawes, London.c.1840

Very impressive bow-fronted London stick barometer of the highest quality. The bow-fronted case with 'ogee' moulded pediment, is veneered in the finest quality flame mahogany veneers of lovely colour. The barometer is fitted with a detachable glazed bowed thermometer box containing a long mercury thermometer on a very well engraved plate with Reamur and Fahrenheit scales. The case terminates with an ebonised urn cistern cover which conceals the boxwood cistern and cranked wide bore tube.

The silvered register plates are again very well engraved with a 27"-31" scale and the makers name, 'Hawes, London'. The plates are fitted with a rack and pinion operated vernier.  The case terminates with an ebonised urn cistern cover which conceals the boxwood cistern and cranked wide bore tube.   

Edwin Banfield's 'Barometer Makers And Retailers 1660-1900' lists an Alfred Hawes and a William Hawes working in London circa 1840. Under the register plates the case is marked 'Josh. Somalvico, 17&18 Charles St, Hatton Garden, London', it is most likely that the barometer was made by Joseph Somalvico for one of the above mentioned 'Hawes' as was often the case.
H. 40".




Picture showing the writing from the time of construction.

Off set boxwood cistern, the plug was so an ivory float could be fitted.




Josh. Somalvico + Co, 17-18 Charles St, Hatton, London.

Hawes, London. Brass Plate. Hawes London is written over Somalvico & Co.

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