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The flame mahogany veneered case has an ebonised swanneck top surmounted by an original brass urn finial. Below there are two turned satinwood columns with brass caps and bases to each side which flank the inset bow front thermometer. The silvered and engraved thermometer scale reads from 0 to 120°.
The 6 inch convex enamel dial clock with Roman hour numerals and brass hands is located below the thermometer and has both a brass opening bezel for the convex glass door and an inner moulded ebonised bezel which is fixed. The 8-day plated clock movement is signed by the maker Vulliamy 448 on both the dial and backplate.
The 13 inch diameter silvered register plate is exquisitely engraved with a central foliate swag surmounted by an urn and the states of the weather are indicated concentrically around the edge. The delicate blued steel pointers appear to be original.
Above the base, the maker has signed the rectangular silvered plate over the inset spirit level A. Salteri, London.
Height: 51 ¾ in (131.5 cm) including finial
Height: 50 ¼ in (127.5 cm) excluding finial
Width: 15 in (38 cm)
Dial Width: 13 in (33 cm)
Depth: 4 in (10 cm)
*A. Salteri is listed on page 191 of Edwin Banfield’s Barometer Makers and Retailers as working at 17 Great Queens Street, London between 1800 and 1830. The fact that a maker of Vulliamy’s stature provided the clock for this piece indicates that this superb instrument was a special commission for an important client.
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