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The top of the case has a full depth, swan neck pediment with turned bone paterae and urn finial. In the centre of the mahogany veneered bowed trunk there is a bowfront thermometer with Fahrenheit and Reamur temperature indication. The ebonised urn shaped cistern cover at the base is flanked by a diamond of inlaid ebony. The engraved and silvered Register Plate reads from 27 to 32 inches by means of a vernier on the right hand side and shows the 7 traditional states of the weather on the left. The makers’ signature is engraved across the top of the plate.
Height: 38 in (97 cm)
*George and Charles Dixey are listed on page 69 0f Edwin Banfield’s ‘Barometer Makers and Retailers’ as working at 3 New Bond Street from 1825 to 1838. They were twin brothers working in partnership until George’s death in 1838 and they were appointed opticians to the king.
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