William Watkins, Bristol. c.1800.

A superb Sheraton period mahogany stick barometer of exceptional quality by William Watkins, Bristol.
The arched topped case is unusually horizontally veneered in figured Cuban mahogany to striking effect, inlaid with marquetry shell paterea and edged with fine triple strung kingwood and satinwood banding. The deep sides of the case are also veneered with cross grained mahogany.
Another nice feature is the shaped glazed door and scale plate which are made to follow the shoulders of the case.
The silvered scale plate is well engraved with unusual weather indications and the maker's name 'W.Watkins, Bristol'. The manually operated vernier records the air pressure on a 27-31" scale.
The concealed tube is fitted with a boxwood cistern and portable screw beneath a well turned cistern cover with ebony and ivory roundels.

Height 37".