George I figured walnut barometer
George I figured walnut barometer
George I figured walnut barometer
George I figured walnut barometer
George I figured walnut barometer

George I figured walnut barometer

1720 England

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A fine and rare early Georgian figured walnut barometer, unsigned, with all the stylistic characteristics pointing to the first quarter of the eighteenth century. The barometer is made in the manner of John Patrick, with elaborately engraved register plates, made of brass and silvered. The two indicating the air pressure can be moved up or down to allow for different heights. At the top of the scales it is rather charmingly indicated how changes in air pressure should be interpreted to reflect the weather conditions. The left scale has indications for summer, the one on the right for winter. The cistern tube is hidden by the large thermometer register plate, the temperature being indicated by an alcohol capillary. The cistern has a leather bottom with brass screw to move the mercury level up to the top so that the barometer can be safely transported. The scale plate in Fahrenheit is elaborately engraved with the words winter, spring, autumn, and summer corresponding with the particular ambient circumstances. It was clearly a time of experimentation as there are some additional scales refereeing to Human Heat, Hot Air, Temporate, Just Freezing & Hard Frost.

E Banfield, Barometers, Stick or Cistern Tube, Trowbridge, 1985, pp. 27-35; N.Goodison, English Barometers 1680-1860, Woodbridge, 1977, pp.49, Plate 8, 201, Plate 133.
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