Please note.

Due to the limited wall space available in the shop, it is not guaranteed that all of the barometers listed for sale will be on view at all times in the shop. Please contact us before travelling to view a particular barometer and we will make sure it is available for your visit.

Unless otherwise stated the listed prices below include delivery within a 50 mile radius of Ashbourne. We deliver personally (no couriers) and are happy to deliver to all areas, please contact us if you require delivery outside of the 50 radius or for prices excluding delivery.

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Wheel barometers currently available. 

  • 6" Rosewood, J. Abraham, Bath. c.1830.(Sold)
  • 6" Mahogany, J. Davis, Cheltenham. c.1830.(Sold)
  • 8" Sheraton. P. Pozzi & Co. c.1815.
  • 8" Sheraton. F. Bianchi & Co. London. c.1825.
  • 8" Sheraton. F. Salteri & Co. London. c.1800.
  • 10" Mahogany. C. Wheeler, Bridgnorth. c.1825-30.(Sold)
  • 10" Mahogany. Unsigned. c.1840.
  • 10" Mahogany. Martinelli & Ronketti, London. c.1805.
  • 10" Mahogany. Lione & Somalvico, London. c.1811-19.
  • 12" Satinwood. Somalvico & Lione, London. c.1805-07.

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Whitehurst & Son, Derby. c.1830.

A superb 10" dial mahogany wheel barometer of the best quality, c.1830. The case is the highest quality workmanship of the period, the use of choice figured mahogany veneers outlined with tulip wood, ebony and boxwood banding, fitted with a detachable bow fronted thermometer,  level, hygrometer and ebonised 'swan neck' pediment. The silvered 10" dial is exquisitely engraved with classical urn and swag decoration of the highest order and signed 'Whitehurst & Son, Derby', the dial sits behind a convex glass fitted within a cast brass bezel. The silvered level plate is again engraved with the fine urn and swags decoration.

(There were three generations of Whitehursts working in Derby making both fine clocks and barometers, with this example the work of John Whitehurst II, (born 1761 died 1834), who was the nephew of the renowned John Whitehurst senior, taking on the business at 22, Irongate, Derby when the latter moved to London. In circa 1810 he took on his son into a partnership and renamed  the firm 'Whitehurst & Son' and which remained as such until the father's death in 1834 after which the firm reverted to just 'Whitehurst'. A number of barometers signed by differing members of the Whitehurst family are known in various museums including the British Museum and the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford).

H.45"

Sold

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J. Davis, Cheltenham. c.1825-30.

A very rare Regency period inverted banjo barometer, the elegant figured mahogany veneered case with detachable thermometer box inset into the trunk. The case is surmounted by a swan-neck pediment fitted with an urn to the centre. The 6" silvered dial is well engraved with a scale reading 28-31" and the maker's name 'J. Davis, Cheltenham'.

(There are two J. Davis' listed in Cheltenham at this time, father and son, working together from their Cheltenham shop. More is known of John Jnr. who was apprenticed to Jacob Abrahams of Bath, see 6" barometer listed above. As was fairly common at the time he travelled around the country opening 'pop up' type shops for a few weeks at a time, he visited Derby for the first time in April 1830 where, after closing the Cheltenham shop in 1844, he relocated to and started the renowned firm Davis Derby) 

H.40". 

Sold.

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Jacob Abraham, Bath. c.1825-30.

A superb 6" dial rosewood wheel barometer of the best quality, c.1830. The case is the highest quality workmanship of the period, the use of rosewood veneers outlined with 6 lines of tulip wood, ebony and boxwood banding, fitted with a detachable bow fronted thermometer, level, hygrometer and ebonised 'swan neck' pediment. The well engraved and silvered 6" dial sits behind a convex glass fitted within a cast brass bezel. The silvered level plate is engraved with the makers name 'Abraham, Optician, Bath'.

Jacob Abraham was working in Bath from 1805 to 1841. He also had premises in Cheltenham. He is listed as an important Maker and was Instrument Maker to the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Wellington.

H.39".

Sold.

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Martinelli & Ronketti, London. c.1800-1810.

Excellent early example of a mahogany wheel barometer with 10" dial and adjustable hygrometer. The elegantly shaped and proportioned mahogany veneered case is outlined with boxwood stringing to the edge, with an architectural pediment and veneered to the sides with cross grained veneer. The barometer is fitted with a large diameter adjustable hygrometer (which is operated by the setting knob just below), a long mercury filled thermometer reading on a very well decoratively engraved Fahrenheit scale, a very well engraved 10" silvered main dial with horizontal weather indications and a level engraved with the makers name 'Martinelli & Ronketti, No.34, Grays Inn Lane, London'. All the silvered brass dials are very well engraved to high standard.

( D. Martinelli is listed as working from 34 Grays Inn Lane c.1800, Martinelli & Ronketti as a partnership are listed as working from 34 Grays Inn Road from 1805-25. It is most likely that John Merry Ronketti worked with Martinelli as an off shoot of his main business that was based at 6 Peter Street in Bloomsbury at this time. There are barometers signed Pellegrino & Ronketti of the same period showing that Ronketti was not against putting his name to secondary partnerships. ) 

H. 41".

Sold .

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Somalvico & Lione, London. c.1805-07.

A most impressive and rare example of a satinwood 12" dial wheel barometer by Somalvico & Lione, London, c.1805-07.
The elegant case is veneered with the finest quality satinwood veneers and edged with tulipwood banding and ebony stringing with the unusual addition of the shell inlays. The use of ebonised mouldings on the swan neck pediment, thermometer box and ebony stringing reflect the period of mourning that followed the death of Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
The silvered level plate is engraved 'Somalvico-Lione & Co. 125 Holborn hill, London'.
The partnership between Joseph Somalvico and Dominick Lione was formed in 1805 and lasted until 1819. They worked from 125 Holborn hill between 1805-07. This renowned pairing produced some of the finest wheel barometers of the period.

H. 47".  

£3,450.

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C. Wheeler, Bridgnorth, c.1825-30.

A good quality classic 4 dial Georgian 10" wheel barometer. The case is veneered in figured flame mahogany and edged with boxwood and ebony stringing, with an architectural pediment. All four of the silvered dials are very well engraved, the level plate being signed 'C. Wheeler, Bridgnorth '. The 10" silvered dial has a concave cast brass bezel fitted with a convex glass.

H. 42".

Sold.


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J. Della Torre & Co. London c.1830-35.

Impressive 12" dial mahogany wheel barometer, c.1835.The case is the highest quality workmanship of the period, the use of choice figured mahogany veneers outlined with tulip wood, ebony and boxwood banding, fitted with a detachable bow fronted thermometer, rectangular level, hygrometer and ebonised 'swan neck' pediment. The well engraved silvered 12 dial is behind a convex glass fitted within a cast brass bezel. The rectangular level plate is engraved 'J. Della Torre & Co, 9 Lamb's Conduit St.' Della Torre & Barrelli are listed as working from 9 Lamb's Conduit St, London between 1826-33 and then Joseph Torre & Co. listed as working from the same address 1833-51, this barometer dates 1830-35, so a variation of the two above listings appears to be used.

H. 48". 

Sold.

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Francis Molton, Norwich. c.1800-10.

The early shape mahogany case is outlined with chequered stringing and has cross grained veneered sides, another sign of an early wheel barometer is when the engraved dial is graduated to 1/10th of an inch rather than 1/100th as on later dials.
Francis Molton is noted as being one of the few English makers of barometers in the predominantly Italian family lead industry. He uniquely developed the most unusual feature of this barometer, the method in which the setting hand is operated. The setting knob, which is at the bottom of the case, is connected to a geared rod which turns the cogged setting hand on the dial. Although this was Molton's own design he only used it on some of his barometers, many still used the standard method of positioning the setting hand.
According to Edwin Banfield(Barometer Makers And Retailers 1660-1900), Molton was known to have worked from London, 1790-1810 and was registered at Dove Lane and St. Lawrence's Steps in Norwich 1822-30.

H. 38".

Sold

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F. Salteri & Co. London. c.1800.

A good early 8" mahogany Sheraton wheel barometer. The mahogany veneered case is fitted with an architectural pediment, long thermometer box and is inlaid with good shell and flower paterea. Below the pediment a line of diamond banding sits above shallow shoulders and edge of the case is outlined with chequered stringing and the deep sides are cross grain veneered, all signs of an early wheel barometer. The well engraved and silvered 8" dial is signed 'F. Salteri & Co. London'.

H. 38".

£975 Including delivery.

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P. Pozzi & Co. c.1810-20.

A good quality 8" mahogany Sheraton wheel barometer. The mahogany veneered case is fitted with an architectural pediment, long thermometer box and is inlaid with good shell and flower paterea.
The edge of the case is outlined with boxwood stringing and the deep sides are cross grain veneered, a sign of quality.The silvered 8" dial is signed 'P.Pozzi & Co.

H. 38".

£985 Inc. delivery.

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Unsigned Warranted Correct, c. 1840.

Mahogany 10" five dial wheel barometer, unsigned, Warranted Correct, c.1840.   
The case is veneered with figured mahogany of nice colour, fitted with 'swan neck' pediment above removable hygrometer and spirit thermometer box, convex mirror and level plate.The engraved and silvered 10" dial is covered with a convex glass within a brass bezel. 

H. 43".

£550 Inc. delivery.

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F. Bianchi & Co. London. c1825.

A mahogany 8" shell inlaid wheel barometer. The Mahogany veneered case is fitted with an architectural pediment, a long thermometer box and is outlined with ebony and boxwood stringing.
The nicely engraved, silvered dial is signed 'F. Bianchi & Co. London' with a good cast concave bezel.

Height 37".

£675 Inc. delivery.

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Somalvico & Lione, London c. 1811-19.


A very good quality round topped barometer by this renowned partnership, makers of some of the finest wheel barometers of the period. The case is veneered in figured mahogany and is edged with triple strung tulipwood banding, the detachable thermometer case also has matching banding. The well engraved 10" silvered dial is signed 'Lione & Somalvico, 14 Brook St. Holborn, London'.
The partnership of Joseph Somalvico and Dominick Lione was formed in 1805 and is recorded as working from 125 Holborn Hill 1805-1807 and at 14 Brook St. Holborn from 1811-1819.

H. 39.5" 

 £ Inc. delivery.

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