William Cary, London. c.1790-1800.

Exceptional flat to wall, bow fronted mahogany barometer by the famous London maker William Cary of London.
The ebony strung bow fronted case is veneered in the finest flame mahogany and sits flat against the wall (a feature of the best quality stick and bow front barometers). The full depth 'front to back' swan neck pediment has one piece ebony mouldings that have the paterea carved into them rather than applied as on most barometers, with a original ivory urn finial on ebony plinth. The canted corners of the base are inlaid with ebony lines, with the finely turned urn shaped cistern cover concealing the off set boxwood cistern and ebony moulding. Another sign of the extra quality of this barometer is how all the mouldings and inlays are real ebony rather than the more often used ebonised woods.
The finely engraved silvered scale plate is fitted with a rack and pinion operated vernier scale, and signed 'Cary, London'.

William Cary (1759-1825) was the younger brother of John Cary the renowned cartographer. He was a pupil of Jesse Ramsden, the foremost scientific instrument maker of the period, until 1785 after which he set up business on his own at No.272 Strand in 1786, briefly moving to No.182 in 1794 and then No.181 from 1794 to1825. During his career he gained an enviable reputation for his fine instruments, his nephews John and George Cary (sons of John Cary) took over the business after his death in 1825, retaining his name they continued until 1859.

Height 39".





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