c. 1696 to 1700 London

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A rare Queen Anne period walnut stick barometer signed by this famous early maker. The elegant case is walnut veneered onto an oak carcass and all of the mouldings are in individual pieces of cross grain walnut. The moulded arched top stands atop two turned walnut columns with gilt capitals and bases. The barometer scale is engraved on both register plates.

The patinated brass scale is surrounded by a finely engraved wheat ear border and winged cherub heads in the corners. Along the trunk there is a restored paper dial for indicating the temperature on the Royal Society scale with an alcohol filled glass tube.

Height: 40 in (102 cm)

*John Patrick was a maker of great repute working between 1686-1722. In his, ‘Barometer Makers and Retailers 1660-1900’, Edwin Banfield describes Patrick as “By far the most prolific and interesting of the early domestic barometer makers. Patrick was apprenticed to a joiner, William Thompson, in 1686 for seven years and appears to have specialised in making barometers from the time he completed his apprenticeship in 1693.” See page 164.

Patrick published a number of articles on the Rules and Observations of barometers and in his Lexicon Techicum John Harris wrote “I think myself obliged in justice to tell the world that I have never seen better Weather Glasses of all kinds mae anywhere than by Mr Patrick; who doth really deserve all possible encouragement for the many experiments he hath made in order to improve the barometer, and which he is always willing to shew to all ingenious and curious persons” see page 164, Banfield. Patrick was in business from 1686 until circa 1722, firstly in Jewin Street, near Cripplegate Church, but by 1704 in Ship Court, Old Baily, London. Interestingly, Banfield suggests that Patrick sold barometers to other instrument-makers and retailers. For example, “records show that some were sold to John Marshall, John Yarwell, George Graham and Daniel Quare”. See Page 165. He became a member of the Clockmakers Company in 1712.

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Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks

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