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The case with cushion moulded pediment and with very crisp mouldings throughout, is veneered with superbly figured flame mahogany. In the centre of the trunk there is a bowfront thermometer with both Farhenheit and Reamur temperature indication. The ebonised urn shaped cistern cover at the base is flanked by triple lines 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 traditional states of the weather on the left. A very discreet maker’s signature is engraved at the bottom left of the plate.
Height: 39 in (99 cm)
*Banfield shows Worthington (without Christian name) as circa 1810 to 1830. Both he and Goodison show Worthington & Allan as working between 1821 to 1846 at 196 Piccadilly. Goodison suggests that this was probably Nathaniel Worthington and that the partnership probably succeeded Matthew Berge who was at 199 Piccadilly. Interestingly, Berge succeeded Jesse Ramsden, “a maker of international repute” in his workshops at the same address. All three of these makers typically employed a very restrained signature in the same style as on this instrument.
Edwin Banfield, Barometers and Retailers, p.239
Nicholas Goodison, English Barometers 1680-1860, p.372
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