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The elegant mahogany trunk has an opening door at the top, on the inside of which there is a mercury thermometer that reads in Fahrenheit on an engraved silvered brass scale. The cylindrical cistern cover at the base of the stem is of finely weathered brass.
The instrument hangs on good replacement brass gimbals.
Height: 38 in (96.5 cm)
* Cary most probably refers to William Cary who operated at various addresses in the Strand between 1786 and 1825. He was the younger brother of John Cary the cartographer and the uncle of George and John Cary. He was a pupil of Jesse Ramsden and became a renowned instrument-maker. His two nephews took over the business when he died in 1825 but because of his very high reputation they retained the name of William Cary.
For a detailed history of the origin and development of the marine barometer, see chapter 8 of Banfield in which numerous examples of these fascinating instruments are illustrated.
Barometer Makers and Retailers 1660 – 1900 by Edwin Banfield, Baros Books.
English Barometers 1680 - 1860 by Nicholas Goodison, Antique
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