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A traditional mahogany veneered mercury wheel barometer with black & white strung edges with swan neck pediment, hygrometer, short thermometer with spirit filled tube, convex mirror, readed frame, 8” dial, level plate inscribed ‘Warranted Correct’. Hygrometer, level plate, bone setting knob, mirror and frame replaced and replacement mercury filled tube. Generally restored and in good order throughout. The case in original polish showing some signs of age in a rich mahogany colour, slight age cracking to top and much tapping below setting knob, c1850 and measuring: 10” x 38” please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
An 8" dial mahogany mercury wheel barometer with wide fitting bezel, the case with chevron stringing to edge, inlaid with four fans. Architectural pediment, brass finial (replaced). Long spirit filled thermometer, probably not original, replaced perhaps in Edwardian period. Dials resilvered, replacement mercury tube and set knob. General repairs to case and stringing. In good order throughout. A nice example of an early wheelbarometer. By P Gally of Cambridge. Circa 1790. Dimensions 9 ¾" x 38 ¼". please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A simple Georgian mahogany wheel barometer with black & white stringing and one oval urn inlay to case, broken architectural pediment, long spirit filled thermometer, dial engraved ‘Lione & Somalvico, 14 Brook Street, Holborn, London’, replacement finial & tube, c1811 measuring: 38 ¾” x 10” please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A very rare, probably unique, mercury wheel barometer of upside down form by famous makers Dolland of London. The case in a medium faded figured mahogany veneer, re-polished some years ago. Case with ebony strung edge, pediment of a curved moulded design with hygrometer below, 10” silvered dial with fine quality engraved star burst motif in centre as expected by this maker, tortoise shell adjusting knob, mercury filled thermometer and rounded base. The barometer possibly dating mid-Victorian, could attribute this barometer to George Dolland of 59 St Paul’s Churchyard, real name George Huggins, one of 16 instrument makers who exhibited at the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851 and was instrument maker to William IV and Queen Victoria. In good order throughout. Measuring: 40 ¾” x 12 ¼” please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A traditional 8” dial mahogany wheel barometer in original polish with architectural pediment, finial (replaced), long spirit thermometer with front glass replaced, 8” dial with finely engraved triple starburst design to centre arrow point indicating hand and simple diamond recording hand operated by bone key underneath dial, (replaced) inscribed ‘A Pastorelli, 4 Cross St. Hatton Garden, London’. Antonio known to be working between 1829 & 1846 and at this address from 1839 he took over from C Pastorelli. Case in figured mahogany, nicely faded with slight mark. Measuring: 38 ½” x 10 ¼” please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A mahogany veneered black & white strung mercury wheel barometer with swan neck pediment, hygrometer, mercury filled thermometer, convex mirror and beaded frame, 8” dial, and level plate inscribed ‘Warranted Correct’. A traditional pleasant barometer, un-attributed but dating c1845. Brass cleaned & lacquered with a traditional lacquer used on early instruments (this mixture we prepare specially from an old recipe which includes natural tree gums, saffron and dragons blood!) dials re-silvered, replacement finial, mirror and frame and replacement tube. Measuring: 38 ½” x 10 1/8” please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A 10” dial rosewood wheel barometer ornately inlaid with mother of pearl abalone shell and wire, possibly of an Indian influence of floral, leaf & bird design, case mounted with bow front thermometer with flat bulb mercury filled tube, Fahrenheit & Remeur scales, the dial engraved ‘W Johnson, 34 Hatton Garden’ with floral centre engraving and finely pierced hands, adjusting key in mother of pearl & brass work cleaned and lacquered, dials re-silvered, replacement tube, case in original polish with minor repairs to inlay. W Johnson was working between 1830 – 1867 in London and at this address between 1841 & 1867. He was in partnership with Cuthbert Blackbourn and the name of Johnson & Blackbourn from 1847 – 1848. This barometer is quite likely is just prior to 1847. The case, which we have come across before this design, almost certainly made in the same workshop as we have handled a number over the years with different names on the dials. Mrs Ann Johnson, presumably the widow, took over the business around 1865 until 1876, reference ‘Barometer Makers & Retailers 1660-1900’ Edwin Banfield. A very decorative Victorian barometer measuring: 42” x 13” please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
&white strung edge by John Schalfino of Taunton with broken architectural pediment, long spirit filled thermometer and dial engraved with Masonic emblems square & compass with large G in between, Schalfino is known to have made a number of barometers, all engraved with Masonic emblems. This barometer dating probably around 1820. One of four or so makers in Taunton. This example is particularly attractive, the polish & patination of the veneer being a dark mahogany finish. please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A pleasant brown colour rosewood mid Victorian mercury wheel barometer, finely inlaid with Mother of Pearl having a swan neck pediment, ivory finial, hygrometer, mercury thermometer with bowed glass, 8” silvered dial, level plate inscribed ‘Griffin & Hyams, Cornhill’. The Mother of Pearl being a “positive” cut depicting leaves, foliage & a bird above dial, a nice example of this style. The whole in good order throughout with replacement mercury tube, replacement set key & finial, dial re-silvered and brass re-lacquered with a traditional lacquer used on early instruments (this mixture we prepare specially from an old recipe which includes natural tree gums, saffron and dragons blood!) reference ‘Barometer Makers & Retailers 1660-1900’ Edwin Banfield Griffin & Hyams estimated to be working at this address between 1830-50.
A mahogany ebony strung mercury wheel barometer with figured mahogany veneer, the case with unusual shoulders with Italian influence, mounted with swan neck pediment, hygrometer, long spirit filled thermometer, 8” dial with cast brass bezel, level plate engraved ‘Joseph Long, 20 Little Tower Street, London’ with tortoiseshell setting knob. The whole in pleasant brown mahogany, in good order throughout, replacement tube, finial, pateraes and generally cleaned and restored, c1825
Traditional 8” dial mahogany wheel barometer with hygrometer and level plate inscribed ‘L Poncia of Gloucester’ with architectural pediment surmounted with brass finial, main dial, adjusting key beneath, long spirit filled thermometer, inlaid shells on either side & black & white strung case in good medium mahogany colour. The whole restored in our workshop and in good order throughout. Replacement finial, setting knob & mercury fitted tube, circa 1825 measuring: 39” x 10 ½”
A very fine late 18th Century mercury wheel barometer with broken architectural pediment surmounted with pineapple finial. The case inlaid with flower & shell inlays into a rich mahogany veneer, which is veneered back to front on the sides of the case, the spirit filled thermometer with unusual bulb ending to the cylinder, the engraved silvered dial with centre star design engraved ‘Domco Gatty, 94 High Holborn, surrounded by heavy cast brass or OG bezel. The case strung in thin white stringing and in good order throughout, with replacement mercury tube, dials re-silvered and brass work re-lacquered with a traditional lacquer used on early instruments (this mixture we prepare specially from an old recipe which includes natural tree gums, saffron and dragons blood!), replacement hands & knob, replacement finial, c1785 Measuring: 39” x 9 5/8” This is a good quality item, which over its life has had some repairs done to it. Gatty, Domco estimated to be working from 1790 – 1830 at this address, reference: ‘Barometer Makers and Retailers 1660 – 1900’ by Edwin Banfield
STICK AND FORTIN BAROMETERS [top]
An early Admiral FitzRoy style rectangular in very dark finished ash case with single indicator, replaced with replacement tube, brass re-lacquered with a traditional lacquer used on early instruments (this mixture we prepare specially from an old recipe which includes natural tree gums, saffron and dragons blood!), storm glass re-filled. Whole in good order throughout, c1870 see p.87 figure 5.4 from ‘FitzRoy and his Barometers’ by Philip R Collins. Measuring: 35 ¾” x 7”
Ref 1851 SPECIAL MOUNTAIN BAROMETER
An extremely rare mahogany cased mountain mercury barometer by Thomas Rubergall of Coventry Street LONDON circa 1820. The barometer is divided from 23.3 inches of mercury to 32 inches. The barometer supported on a gimbal held within the tripod stand. The whole folds down to carry within the three legs of the tripod. There is a thermometer inlaid into the stem (replaced) The whole has undergone skilled restoration. It is in working order although there is no vernier. At the time of restoration much research was carried out but no similar barometer is known of by this maker. It is probably unique and would make an exceptional piece for a mountaineering collector or a barometer enthusiast. (Price On application) Delivery world wide by arrangement
An ash cased Oxford framed Admiral FitzRoy barometer with faded & stained paper scales but in good readable condition in keeping with their age, by the late Admiral FitzRoy with retailers plaque inscribed ‘E Rossiter, Teignmouth’. Typical domestic rectangular framed design with camphor glass, white backed mercury filled thermometer, replacement tube cleaned & refitted. See page 96 fig, 5.12 of ‘FitzRoy and his barometers’ by Philip R Collins, c1880 measuring: 40” tall x 11” wide
A decoratively carved oak cased FitzRoy storm barometer by Negretti & Zambra of London with flashed opal glass scales with red & black lettering, twin vernier operated by two turned oak adjusting knobs and long mercury filled thermometer in Fahrenheit & Centigrade below, c1890. Perhaps a little fussy for some tastes this represenst one of the high quality designs of this type of storm barometer made so popular by Admiral FitzRoy. The golden colour of teh case exceptonal good. Illustrated on page 68 of ‘FitzRoy and his barometers’, by Philip R Collins. Measuring: 6 5/8” wide x 42” tall
A fine brass mounted stick barometer circa 1820 by Dolland of London. The extended head with hygrometer under swan neck pediment, brass door to register scales and thermometer. please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A simple stick barometer by Elliot Bros, 449 Strand, London with oak case, visible tube, turned cistern cover and an unusual ceramic scale, the indicator sliding on the tube, the back of the ceramic scale with design registration ‘18th December 1863’. Elliot Bros were known to be working between 1853 – 1900 as optical & electrical Instrument Makers in London, see ‘Barometer Makers and Retailers 1660-1900’ by Edwin Banfield. Measuring 2 ¾” wide x 36” tall please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A goodmahogany stick barometer by Cox of Devonport with caddy style pediment, egg & spoon carving around bevel edged glass onto ivory register plates, mercury filled thermometer to trunk of case with foliate carvings to top and base, the rounded cistern cover also carved. The trunk veneered in figured mahogany, the whole in original polish, mellow brown mahogany colour. This barometer once of the Edwin Banfield Family Collection, see page 129 fig. 175 Barometer Stick or Cistern by Edwin Banfield, c1860. William Charles Cox known to be working between 1822 – 1857, see p.61 Barometer Makers and Retailers 1660-1900 by Edwin Banfield. Measuring: 39” long x 4 5/8”
A simple mahogany veneered stick barometer with chequered stringing to edge, oval cistern cover with chequering, rounded silvered plate with flower & foliate engraving with weather words & inches of mercury with a manual setting pointer by John Bower, a classical Scottish design circa mid 19th Century, the case a faded brown mahogany, in good order throughout, measuring: 38” x 4 3/8”
Mahogany veneered bow front stick barometer by Bleuler of London with long mercury thermometer on trunk, caddy design pediment. The cistern surround with 3 ebony inlays on the canted corners.The case edged and mounted with ebony, the thermometer box made in ebony. Original polish showing some few signs of age. The scales re silvered. The glasses also convex. Modest repairs to case, some old repairs as is typical with many of these antiques, possibly cistern cover replaced but difficult to be certain. The vernier adjusted by using the round tortoisesehell knob below the scale.The whole piece very attractive and always a popular design. John Bleuler was apprenticed to Henry Shuttleworth in 1771 and appears to have worked for him until 1791 when he took over the business of a Mr Whitfield at 27 Ludgate St. London. He appears to have made barometers until his death in 1829. See Edwin Banfield ‘Barometer makers and Retails 1660-1900’ measuring 5 inches by 39 inches
BANJO ANEROID BAROMETERS [top]
An ornately carved, large aneroid barometer, with coat of arms, floral and scroll decoration in medium dark oak finish with thermometer mounted above (replaced), thermometer box surmounted by carved eagle replaced) with ceramic scales. Originally by Benetfink & Co. of Cheapside, London. The case in good order throughout and measuring 42” x 12” please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A mahogany aneroid banjo barometer with shaped case, rounded style architectural pediment surmounted with carving, inlaid with coloured woods and ivory of flowers & leaf design with 8” white glass dial and ceramic thermometer scale in red & black, dating c1910. In good order throughout measuring: 34” x 13” please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A nice oak cased medium brown carved aneroid barometer with ceramic scale thermometer & white glass aneroid dial, probably dating c1925. In good order throughout, measuring: 36” x 11” please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A medium brown carved oak aneroid barometer with long mercury filled thermometer (replaced) & white glass aneroid dial, circa 1920’s, in good order throughout. Measuring: 33” x 9 ½”
ROUND ANEROID BAROMETERS [top]
A 5 ½” diameter brass cased Bourdon barometer, instrument number 25224 with reverse printed glass dial of traditional design, the trade mark S L either side of a three branched candelabra marked on the dial. The outer case cleaned and re-lacquered with a traditional lacquer used on early instruments (this mixture we prepare specially from an old recipe which includes natural tree gums, saffron and dragons blood!) the whole in good working order, dating c1900. This curious alternative to the Vidi aneroid movement is a good example, complete with key (replacement) for altitude setting. See Aneroid Barometers and their Restoration, chapter 10 page 184 concerning Bourdon barometers. please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A Negretti & Zambra surveying aneroid barometer, 5” diameter heavy brass case with silvered dial engraved Negretti & Zambra, London no: 16253, engraved zero – 5000m & 430 – 790mm of pressure with an outer rotating vernier scale operated by a knurled knob with moveable magnifying lens. Brass cleaned and re-lacquered to a rich golden colour, with a traditional lacquer used on early instruments (this mixture we prepare specially from an old recipe which includes natural tree gums, saffron and dragons blood!). lacking any case but a good quality compensated aneroid barometer, c1930
A 6” brass dial aneroid barometer probably by Taylor Instruments (Short & Mason) in a large octagonal oak case showing medallary rays on the large bevels. The case approximately 13” across the flats with original suppliers label ‘ACME Barometers number 110’ to reverse, circa 1930’s, please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
An oak mounted round aneroid barometer in medium brown colour, measuring 10” diameter. The silver etched dial 4 7/8” diameter. Cleaned & in good order throughout, c1930
A brass cased ships barometer by Sestrel, retailed b Steel & Chalmers, Southampton. 5 ¾” printed metal dial housed in bulkhead style case, overall size measuring: 8” diameter x 3” deep with thick bevelled glass. Mechanism overhauled, brass work re-lacquered, circa post WW2
An oak rope carved aneroid barometer of nautical design by Norie & Wilson, London 5 ¾” outside diameter with approx. 3 ½” dial engraved with inches of mercury, weather words by Admiral FitzRoy on a silvered dial with brass bezel. The barometer probably circa 1900, restored and in good condition, nice medium colour oak, brass re-lacquered
A mining aneroid barometer in heavy brass case with bevel edged glass, revolving vernier scale and magnifying lens with a temperature compensated movement. The dial measuring approximately 4 3/8” diameter divided from 27 – 33 inches of pressure & 2000 feet above sea level to 4000 feet below sea level. The case cleaned & re-lacquered with a traditional lacquer used on early instruments (this mixture we prepare specially from an old recipe which includes natural tree gums, saffron and dragons blood!) and in good condition throughout, dating circa early 20th Century. In 1872 the Mines (Coal) Regulations Act of Parliament was passed making the use of a barometer compulsory. The following Section 26 was included: “After dangerous gas has been found in any mine, a barometer and thermometer shall be placed above ground in a conspicuous position near the entrance to the mine.
A small round aneroid barometer in nicely coloured thick oak turned mount, printed card dial 4 7/8” mounted with straight mercury thermometer. Brass cleaned and lacquering with a traditional lacquer used on early instruments (this mixture we prepare specially from an old recipe which includes natural tree gums, saffron and dragons blood!), in good order throughout. Probably French manufacture with rack & pinion mechanism. Measuring: 8” diameter x 2 ¼” thick c1900
A decoratively carved American walnut, diamond shaped aneroid barometer inscribed ‘J Casartelli & Son Manchester’, 4 ¾” silvered dial with decorative centre cartouche divided in inches of mercury with traditional weather words, whole cleaned & overhauled & in good order throughout, replacement glass, hand & knob, brass cleaned and re-lacquering with a traditional lacquer used on early instruments (this mixture we prepare specially from an old recipe which includes natural tree gums, saffron and dragons blood!) Case measures approx. 14 ½” long x 11” wide
An unusual 1920’s mahogany mounted wall aneroid barometer measuring 7” with 3 ½” dial. The dial engraved ‘G Lee & Son The Hard, Portsmouth No. I.19729’ and divided from 26 – 31 inches of mercury. Although no makers name, has the hallmarks possibly of Short & Mason. The blacked indicating hand, the recording mechanism operated by knurled knob below dial to revolve the outer ring, the mahogany frame of good quality mahogany in original polish, the brass work, cleaned & re-lacquered with a traditional lacquer used on early instruments (this mixture we prepare specially from an old recipe which includes natural tree gums, saffron and dragons blood!), with replacement bevel edged glass. Dial showing minor signs of age with a couple of spots & one scratch seen at certain angles in the centre dial. A charming, instrument looking barometer, the design of which we have not seen before.
A light medium oak coloured barograph by Negretti & Zambra, late 1960’s with a Regency jewelled movement. Registration number R/36140. The case in original polish with 5 bevel edged glass panels with brass beneath with charts with wooden knob, the case also shows some small signs of age, the brass mechanism stripped and re-lacquered. In good working order through out, measuring: 16 ½” wide x 9 ¼” deep x 8 5/16” high
Traditional dark oak cased barograph with subsidiary dial attributed to Lowdon, Dundee, typically Short & Mason paten dial design, probably circa 1920’s. The case has 5 thick bevel edged glass display case with chart draw below. The brass movement cleaned & re-lacquered, clockwork over hauled and in good working order (clock records 1 ½ hours slow over a week which is typical on some barographs. Measuring: 14 ½” wide x 8 ¾” deep x 8 ¼” high please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
POCKET ANEROID BAROMETERS/ALTIMETERS/DESK
A 1 13/16" diameter pocket barometer in gilded brass case. The gilding dulled but generally in fair condition. The dial in enamel divided from 25 inches to 31 inches with tradiutional weather words. No maker or retailers name. A simple plain pocket unusually with enamel dial, please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A 1 7/8” diameter pocket barometer with polished brass case, lacquered, and silvered scale and revolving altimeter scale, divided 0 to 8,000 feet. A simple pocket barometer, the dial in reasonable condition, slight mark to centre. By A Franks Ltd Manchester. please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A 2 ¾” diameter brass aneroid barometer by Negretti & Zambra, number 21164, compensated. Incorporating the white side – Cooks sea level aneroid, patent number 14424; in original gold-plated brass case, in good condition but with signs of wear, and associated leather covered case, in distressed condition but intact. This unusual aneroid barometer has facility by turning the knurled knob at the top, whilst holding the top of the barometer, to adjust for sea level reading, from 0 – 20,000 feet. The engineering concept of this is not great and internally the gear had been changed previously. After some restoration we have now restored this to a fully working condition. An unusual and quite rare collector’s piece. please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
Large pocket barometer with square sides, revolving bezel with pointer attached. Barometer divided from 21 – 31 inches, 0 – 10,000 feet inscribed on the dial ‘Compensated. T Cooke & Sons, York’ and numbered 474. The hanging ring possibly replaced case in gold plated finish and fair condition. Measuring: 2 15/16” diameter, please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
1 15/16” diameter gilded brass cased pocket barometer with revolving altitude scale calibrated zero to 8,000 feet and semi-circular thermometer, dial inscribed ‘compensated for temperature, Short & Mason London made for A & N. C. S. Ltd Westminster’ in associated shaped leather covered case, in fair condition some marks to dial, case showing slight signs of wear, please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
1 15/16” diameter gilded pocket barometer with enamelled dial, 25 – 35 inches with normal weather words ‘Stormy to Very Dry’ with revolving indicator ring. The case with two small dents on the back, in generally good order but signs of wear SOLD
An oval leather cased pocket barometer compass & thermometer compendium, the case opening and with an easel stand at the back for display, covered internally with green velvet, faded but in good condition. The 1 7/8” diameter gilded brass cased pocket barometer inscribed ‘J N Pelli from R.A.P. 22nd January 1924, the revolving altitude scale calibrated zero to 10,000 feet and the dial marked ‘Compensated A & N.C.S. Ltd, Westminster’ in fair condition showing some moderate signs of corrosion to revolving bezel, hanging ring & knob. The ivorine thermometer scale with white backed mercury glass thermometer and compass on left with paper dial, please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
A combination pocket barometer in dual lidded leather covered case. The case in moderate condition, damage to front button and lid with 2” diameter barometer with revolving altitude scale from zero – 10,000 feet. The barometer inscribed ‘Eardley. B. Norton, Manchester 1043 compensated’ divided from 21 – 31 inches of mercury. The reverse with a removable Singer Patent large compass. The gilded brass case in reasonable condition but showing evidence of wear, the dial re-silvered and in good condition, please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
An interesting aluminium cased pocket barometer with winder top to adjust altitude scale divided from zero to 10,000 feet, by Dolland of London, compensated. The dial with minor marks but in good condition, aluminium showing signs of use on the back. Circa 1885, the use of aluminium in this period was due to its lightness particularly for mountaineering etc. First of this type I have actually seen although you do get larger more professional mountaineering type barometers, which were specially developed and made from aluminium for their lightness. please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
2” diameter brass aneroid barometer by Dolland, London No. 6995 with silvered dial divided 23 to 51 inches of mercury with revolving altitude scale divided from zero to 10,000 feet. Whole in good condition but with signs of wear complete with associated leather covered case also showing signs of wear. £295
A lacquered brass travelling pocket barometer with altitude scale divided -1000 to +5000 feet above sea level with original leather covered transporting case with blue silk trimming to lid, opening button replaced. The lacquered brass case showing signs of use commensurate with its age. The revolving bezel with blued recording pointer, dial divided from 25 – 31 inches inscribed ‘Baker Optician 244 High Street, London’, circa 1890. Charles Baker was known to be working from 1851 – 1900 onwards. Typical good quality instrument of its time. Measuring: 2 11/16” x 1 1/8”
We are always changing our aneroid barometer stock quicker than we can update these pages! so do enquireTHE ABOVE ARE SOLD FULLY GUARANTEED HAVING HAD NECESSARY REPAIRS, CLEANING AND OVERHAULING CARRIED OUT IN OUR OWN WORKSHOP. OTHER ANTIQUES ALWAYS AVAILABLE - PLEASE ENQUIRE Photographs can be provided upon request
ODD ITEMS for SALE - non Barometer things
OK so we have all done it, found an instrument orf antique item curious and could not refuse the temptation to buy it or barter for it! well our director is no exception, he just loves well made items and although he has tried to curb his indulgences he still does have more items than anyone practically needs around the place, so if we have time here will be some items that fellow collectors might be interested in.
A small boxwood thermometer by M. Long – London. The inset white backed mercury filled tube captured by two brass clamps in original lacquer 4 inches long ¾” wide and ½” deep with brass hanging to back. A dainty little pocket or travelling thermometer circa 1900 ish
A delightful tiny pocket Thermometer by Dolland of London in original dark red case. The case with fine hook and eye claps holding an ivory scale with white backed mercury thermometer secured by brass loops and screws. The silk hanging string and lining to lid replaced. Seldom seen these days and certainly not in such good condition often. The case measuring 3 ½” x 1 1/8” x 9/16”
A pocket hygrometer (damp detector) 1 3/8” diameter in a blued brass case with silvered dial indicating ‘very dry, dry, normal, moist, very moist’. In original leather transporting case, c1890. These simple hygrometers utilised the wild oat beard to operate, here another pleasant gentleman’s accessory perhaps used to test dampness of beds when travelling abroad!
19th Century Tibetan “Chukmuk” fire steel with pouch for flint & tinder with studded leather strap. No matches in ancient times - you carried your firesteel to make fire with. This is a highly decorated example which came our way. We honestly have little knowledge of these items but find them fascinating.
19th Century Tibetan “Chukmuk” fire steel with pouch for flint & tinder with freted and engraved mounts - probably needs polishing to make look good but without knowledge of these items we leave that o the collector to decide.
An unusual twin thermometer in morocco covered hinged case; the twin scale with twin mercury round bulb thermometers individually engraved for Fahrenheit inscribed ‘Bennett, Watchmaker 65 Cheapside Maker to the Royal Observatory 102’. The 102 probably represents the instrument number, a remarkably good condition, the scale has been re-silvered and the brass loops & screws re-lacquered with a traditional lacquer used on early instruments (this mixture we prepare specially from an old recipe which includes natural tree gums, saffron and dragons blood!). Another one of our directors “good buys” which has so far eluded identification as to what it is, certainly for a scientific type of use and might be some type of psychrometer, measuring 2 5/8” wide x 8 ¼” high, with two decorative hooks to secure the door and a simple hanging ring above, unsure of date, certainly Victorian probably mid – late Victorian.
A Morocco cased pocket thermometer 5 ½” x 1 ¼” with two fine hook & eye catches and hanging ring, the separate engraved silvered brass thermometer scale with Fahrenheit & Centigrade scales engraved ‘Elliot Bros, London’ c1890 SOLD
Victorian turned and carved decorative ivory desk thermometer with Fahrenheit & Remeur scales and mercury thermometer (replaced) by R N Brinton of Brighton, measuring: 10 ½” tall, 3 1/8” diameter base tapering to approx.3/8” at the top
Ref: Campbell SOLD -similar availabe
A Campbell Stokes Sunshine Recorder, 1952 mark II with complete set of new charts charts. These instruments were commonly used by the Met Office and others to record hours of sunshine. The sun focussed by the glass precison ball burns a small trace in the specially prepared cards. Then the data would be transferred to the records. This one has a small chain and peg which traps the card in position to stop birds pecking at it and removing the card - wonderfull item. please e-mail or phone us for price and delivery options
Large Fahrenheit & Reamur spirit filled thermometer in a carved wooden case of French rococo style, scale inscribed ‘Louis Casartelli, 20 Duke Street, Liverpool, Lewis Casartelli, nephew of Baptista Ronchetti, emigrated from Tavernerio, near Lake Como, Italy around 1787. He worked for several barometer makers before setting up in business and traded from various addresses in King Street & Duke Street, working at this address from 1837 to1845. Measuring: 26 ½” tall x 6 ½” wide