Anonymous, George II. c.1740.

A rare early example of a mahogany stick barometer from the George II period. The design of the barometer is typical of a barometer made in the first quarter of the 18th century but rather than being made from walnut it is made from dark, heavy Cuban mahogany, walnut was the timber of choice until mahogany became more common from around 1730 onwards, it is likely this barometer is a transitional piece. The arched moulded top with three brass ball finials, free standing pillars, full length spirit thermometer and silvered scale and the bold turned cistern cover are distinctive of an early 1700's walnut stick barometer. Again as is common with barometers from this period, the engraved silvered scale plate is unsigned, very few pre 1750 barometers were signed.

The concealed mercury tube is fitted with a portable boxwood cistern beneath a good well turned cistern cover which also protects the large bulb of the spirit filled thermometer.

Height 39".






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