Manticha & Co. Fecit, London. c.1790.

Early mahogany wheel barometer by famous maker Dominick Manticha. The round topped mahogany case is inlaid with fine marquetry paterae, the deep cross grained sides outlined with chequer stringing. The 8" silvered dial is elaborately engraved with flowered swags and bares the maker's name 'Manticha & Co, Fecit, London' and protected by a glazed cast brass bezel of unusual profile. The long spirit thermometer is mounted on a well engraved silvered scale.
Dominick Manticha was one of the leading group of the earliest Italian barometer makers, (including J.M Ronketti, Joseph Somalvico and James Gatty) that migrated into England in the last quarter of the 18th century,
He is listed as working from 1781-1805.

Height 37".









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