John Carter, London. c.1850.

Rare and impressive mahogany 'Improved Marine' stick barometer by John Carter, London.c.1850.The finely turned barley twist, reeded mahogany case with gadrooned top and bottom is worked to the highest standard. The recessed mercury thermometer is mounted on engraved bone plate and marked with both Reamur and Fahrenheit scales. A very unusual feature of this barometer is that rather than a single scale it is fitted with two angled register plates which record the pressure for '10Am Today' and '10Am Yesterday' with double rack and pinion operated verniers. The plates are marked 'Improved Marine' and signed 'Carter, London'.The original constricted marine tube is fitted with a boxwood cistern and protected by the weighted brass cistern cover. Mounted in quality replacement brass gimbals.

H.38".

John Carter was a leading man in mid 19th century London, below is a brief history taken from 'London City History'.

Carter, John (1804-1878)

Civic activist and Lord Mayor was born of an established Southwark family on 8 March 1804. Left as an orphan at a young age, he was intended for a cadetship in the Indian service but instead was apprenticed to a chronometer maker. By 1840 he had established his own business in the City and was noted for the excellence of his instruments, serving as a juror at the Imperial Exhibition at Paris in 1855. He was Master of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1857, 1860 and 1865 and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

In a civic capacity he was a Common Councilman in Cornhill from 1842 to 1851, Alderman in the same ward from 1851, Sheriff in 1852 and Lord Mayor in 1859-60. He was a Colonel in the London Rifle Brigade, an F.R.A.S. by 1830, F.S.A. in 1853 and a founding member of the Jamaica Committee in 1866. He died at Stamford Hill on 8 May 1878.


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