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Between 15 and 20 Extreme Cold
At 30 Hard Frost
Between 35 and 40 Frosty
45 Cold Air
60 Warm air
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
Much Rain Much Snow
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.
|Height||41.00 inch||(104.14 cm)|