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George I period antique walnut barometer with Royal Society Scales


A fine George I period walnut stick barometer in a walnut veneered case on an oak carcass. The design of the case with its stepped pedimented top and three gilt finials (replaced) is inspired by the finest walnut clock cases of the period. The front panel of the stem retains what appears to be the original paper scale for temperature measurement. It shows the Farrenheit scale with handwritten markings from 10 degrees to 100 degrees and the following indecations in the following order:

Between 15 and 20 Extreme Cold
At 30 Hard Frost
Between 35 and 40 Frosty
45 Cold Air
55 Temperate
60 Warm air
70 Hot
75 Sultry
90 Extreme hot
Between 95 and 100 Blood heat

Remarkably the engraved brass pointer for the temperature scale appears to be original and there are traces of old gilding on it. The silvered and engraved brass register plates carry the following weather indications which can also be found on barometers by John Patrick.
Fair if..rise Foul if fall
Very Dry Hard Frost
Set Fair Set Frost
Fair Frost
Change able
Rain Snow
Much Rain Much Snow
Stormy Weather

The 28-31 inch scale is engraved on both register plates and is divided into tenths. There is wheatear engraving to each vertical border and delicate foliate decoration to the top and bottom.

Like many early walnut and marquetry stick barometers, this fine example is unsigned. However, although some years later than the work of John Patrick, it bears a number of close resemblances to his work, notably the wording of the scales and the engraving of the register plates, the proportions of the stem, the design and boldness of the turned walnut cistern cover, the detached freestanding hood pillars with capitals and the three finials. This early fine barometer dates from between 1715 to 1725.




1715 - 1720



Date: circa 1715
Height: 41.00inch (104 cm)

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