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SOME UNRSTORED BAROMETERS and a few other items!

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Ref 1588
A traditional Fortin mercury barometer on mahogany back board, with inset sight panels,black finish with brass fitments, centigrade thermometer, mercury readings in inches and millimetres, circa 1920

Ref 1297
A long range fortin barometer inscribed Casella London' The scale engraved from 680 - 1100 millibar and 510mm - 820mm of mercury. Looks old but unable to date this piece. Presume this would have been for very low pressure readings such as high altitude use. with a wood back board as seen measures approx. 42" x 3.5" and stands out from the wall approx. 3 5/8" The scales are discoloured, the Vernier moves up down, the thermometer attached on the trunk divided -10 to +50 degrees C. mercury thermometer There is a tube in it and the lower reservoir glass at bottom looks sound, drops of mercury visible inside it. For sale as I bought it many years ago, in need of restoration to look its best and work.

Ref 1847
A very rare 18th Century Trepanning set , ebony handle on drill with makers marks appears to be 'GLASER' and what looks like a crown over a heart and 'S.HAGE' consists of perforator, three crowns, four lenticulars with a mahogany box (box does not appear original to the instruments) The ebony handle end unscrews from the wood thread on the drill handle. Seems to have a small silver ring on the wood handle. The 'drill bits' have left handed threads. A remarkable old surgeons set of trepanning instruments which I bought several years ago when I had an interest but now time to depart with many items sadly. Pictures show it well I think.

Ref 100999
A typical mercury wheel barometer in tidy near complete condition. Mahogany veneer with black and yellow inlay to edge, there is no tube in the back, Ideal restoration project perhaps. Looks late Victorian. no doubt could be tidied up more than present if desired. Measures approx. 37.75" x 10"

Ref 1722
A 10 inch dial Rosewood wheel barometer, measures approx. 39.5" x 12 3/8". seems all intact mechanically as pictures show, tube operational (has good vacuum) but needs strings sorting out. looks like some ones has tried already!. This is a rich dark rosewood veneer quite attractive.

Probably unique on the market place in the last century is this Original Kew Observatory Barograph. It is an ex private museum display piece that I was delighted to obtain some years ago but now not been on display for some while is time to move it on to some appreciating collector or another museum. Dates around 1860 and was in its day a highly accurate and scientific recording device for barometric pressure. This is not for the faint hearted! You will need a van I think and a large room to display it in. Made predominantly of a slate bed and slate upright to hold the barometer it is currently stored on its 2 painted pedestals (later) and covered by a cabinet with glass front available with the purchase if required - one picture shows refection on the glass which is dustier than I thought! This cabinet had kept it clean since being mostly restored. The zinc temperature rod has been replaced but the temperature mechanism has not survived. Although photographs show barometer working (been holding vacuum for years, there is a very slight crack to he top of the reservoir which might seep when moving, I will empty it before collection so is sold empty. The glass tube was replaced when we restored it some years ago. Its a monster of a barograph and a great talking piece. Originally designed to use an oil lamp (replaced in its life by a small electric light bulb which was working for display purposes) light is shone on to photographic paper that would be on the clock driven drum behind a wood box with a thin slit facing the light source to keep normal light out and pressure and temperature were recorded on the photo sensitive paper - impractical to use these days but no doubt possible to get working if buyer mad enough to. The temperature readings were used for temperature correction of the barometric readings. The approx. measurements of the display case are 69 inches wide 61 inches high and 18 inches deep. For information about this design of scientific barograph see 'The History of the Barometer' by W. E. Knowles Middleton page 323. It seems there may only have been 20 of these originally in existence and used around the world. Due to the weight and size of this item it is only able to be collected by prior arrangement. The barometer part is offered for sale empty and will be emptied prior to collection by the lucky purchaser. I will dismantle this prior to collection, the slate bed and the upright are removable and many parts such as the brass focusing lens easily unbolt. Cleared Payment in advance or cash on collection so you can examine it prior to completing. By separate arrangement we might be able to deliver to some areas of the UK - contact us before bidding if that is important. If you collect barographs then this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire an exceptionally early and rare item good luck.ADDITIONAL INFO The zinc rod I think shows in one picture or more - is painted black and hangs vertically near the barometer tube attached to an assembly that moves up and down which would move a horizontal metal rod (that's the bit missing) that would twist as it is moved and raise a lever in front of light to make temperature readings show on photographic paper at bottom of paper so you have barometer pressure at the top and temperature at the bottom - simple system and perhaps not much to replace - a little trial and error to make read correct, it was obviously loose and placed on the cradles so was easily misplaced when it moved in its history. We took days and sweated blood nearly casting the zinc rod in glass tubes so did not go further with the temperature side. Amazing the thing survived at all really. Clock weigh and pendulum original and working - when last wound - clock cleaned and overhauled by a clock restorer when we set it up a few years ago. I have to unscrew the glass panel and lift it out of the way to wind it so we seldom had it ticking, but we did shine a light to see a shadow on the paper, when working it would have had a box with a narrow slit in it to stop light getting onto the photo paper. so for display it looks better as is of course. If I have a box that can go with it of course and I am sure I have a spare brass drum to mount the paper on.

Ref 2589
A Fitzroy style barometer in need of restoration, tube filled actually appears to work , moves up and down, measures approx. 36" x 8.25" x 2.5"
indicators are sticky , lovely boxwood thermometer scale and thermometer intact. Should tidy up well if someone wants a go.

Ref 1234
Oak cased mining barometer, scale goes up to 33inch as more pressure below sea level. was used in mine by look of the case, looks like coal dust rubbed into it. Tube empty so could end his item in UK but collection welcome. Measures approx. 36.5" x 3 3/8" wide and 2" deep. key not original, Vernier moves up and down with the key. Thermometer scale looks wrong, as does not fit correctly at top and name on scale incomplete also no thermometer or loops etc (probably a late addition) Nice restoration project. Tube dirty but appears empty Do not see many of these for sale, nice model with maker/sellers name in brass plaque Baird and Son Glasgow. Act of parliament dictated all mines had to have barometers in to forecast explosions (low pressure made them more likely) most would have been at pit head I think. Kinder than canaries I suppose.
A very rare type of stick barometer by Negretti and Zambra, listed as a Long Range Barometer in their catalogues, this measures approx. 40.25" high x 6.75" wide and 3.75" deep. Sometimes referred to as Glycerine Barometer - which it is not.It looks like a nice colour brown Mahogany case with glass front and 2 glass scales, the scales have some small damage at the base where the screws hold the scales in position and one scale on the right at around 29.3 position. Lucky to even have survived these were never very popular in their day and so finding one these days is hard. It still look s operational with a coloured liquid going up and down in the glass, the knob turns but does not move an indicator - in fact can not see an indicator so that side may need some attention. But this is for the collector of unusual barometers rather than just one for a house I suspect. One picture shows page from a N & Z catalogue describing it as Long Range or Glycerine Barometer as they state glycerine was used on one leg of the barometer tube, a true Glycerine barometer is on display (was) in Edinburgh Museum and is very tall! this is similar to the contra tube barometers that used oil on mercury.Wood is in a wonderful finish. pity the scales were damaged but it hardly shows and is a good example of this design. Collection only by arrangement
Note:- During our tidy up of store rooms we are expecting to list a number of items in varying conditions. Unlike items in our shop we do not guarantee any item we sell on e-bay auction unless stated in description. Items sold are bought as pictured and described with or without any omissions. Our business is in Devon and welcome debit card or cash on collection by prior arrangement as we are not always available. We will respond to questions normally Tuesdays to Fridays.

Ref 1810
This is a scarce barograph for Barograph collectors out there, something I bought years ago to illustrate my book on Barographs, it is in nice condition but needs a little work hence the low starting price for such a nice item. from what I can see the clocks need servicing which is expected at this age. it requires a new arm and nib - we made special nibs for these a few years ago - the clock taps the arm so the nib makes a small dot on the chart every so often. It can sit on a desk or shelf but has a hanging plate for on the wall. it measures approx. 10.25" high x 6" wide and 4.75 deep at base an inch less at the top as it slopes back. The clock face is enamel, the brass movement etc is gilded - a really nice piece. Its an early French design barographs of this design were sold in the UK with different names on. see the relevant pages in 'Barographs' by Philip Collins for details etc - same one illustrated in there. One picture shows a chart mounted that we had printed for these types. The large vacumm bellows is working and not leaked. whilst this can be sent - colletion of such an item more sensible of course.

Ref 1205
An unusual type of pocket barometer with a compass in the dial. The compass rotates when twisted and balances but does not point north - no wonder as there is metal in the movement and the hand above it- took one apart last year same problem, worked ok when compass away from rest of barometer - so maybe the Victorians were not all that bright sometimes!. It measures approx. 1 11/16" diameter x 3/4" deep. the hand appears to have been changed and there is a scratch on the dial, the case looks like it was once gilded but now in a patinated brass appearance, engrave on the back is 'To (then crudely J D ) for progression in Navigation 1866' so this is indeed an early one for a pocket barometer, early ones did tend to be straight sided like this example, later the pocket barometer style cases were used



Ref 2594
An extremely rare type of pocket barometer housed in a gold case as can be seen, no hall marks but the colour and condition etc shows it was a good piece, more a ladies jewellery piece perhaps, sadly not in good condition, the fusee chain has come disconnected (to hard for my eyes to even attempt a repair) there is no dial or glass or bezel. weighs 15 grams in total so not all gold of course but the gold there is has to be worth a bit. If you fancy a challenge or have a jeweller that can re build this one it would make a really nice addition to any pocket barometer collection. It has a hand - those are impossible to get alone. Its small - the case measures 1 inch diameter without the twisted decoration that forms the eye to hang it from. 3/8" deep. and to clarify it does not work as mentioned - really one for the serious collector that restores these pieces. Does NOT include the 10pence piece!

Ref 901
An attractive looking barometer with a square dial - the bezel worm off and shows brass, probably would clean back to brass. Measures approx. 22.75" x 7" x1 7/8" deep. Nice warm brown colour with decorative inlays. possibly made by Short and Mason as is there style. Marked Buford's Exeter a long established Jeweller in Exeter Needle moves left and right when pressure alters. Has mercury thermometer

Ref 2596
A Casella scientific barometer. Never seen this design before - it stands on floor or table - might be a bench barometer of types, looks partly Kew Pattern partly Fortin . Measures approx. 40.5" tall x 6" diameter. The tube is broken but enough remains at base to show how it was fitted etc, It angles outwards and down to the base - picture shows part of it at base. Mercury inside the reservoir still - needs collecting. Unable to date accurate but looks early 20th Century maybe earlier. Instrument number 2205, Vernier works, scale grubby - divided from 660mm to 830mm clearly design for high accuracy - has spirit levels to level it with.



Adie Marine Kew 1798
Agosti G Falmouth 8" wheel barometer 1002
Aiano C North Gate, Canterbury 1558

Bailey 14 Bennets Hill, Birmingham 12" Banjo barometer 719
Baird & Son Glasgow Mining stick 1234
Barnascone L Trowbridge 1559
Bartolla & Co C Oxford 15xx
Bianchi Tunbridge Wells Windmill design 8" w/b 1778
Bolongaro D Manchester Mahogany stick 2137
Braidy & Martin stick
Brogonzi P Hereford 8" wheel barometer 1551

Conti C.A. Jnr 59 Shoe Lane, Holborn 8" wheel barometer 928
Corti P Exeter wheel barometer 655
Corti Exeter wheel barometer 843
Corti P Exeter 8" wheel barometer 2079
Corti P Exeter 8" wheel barometer
Corti Exeter 8" wheel barometer 2125
Corti P Exeter Windmill design 8" w/b 1333
Cox Devonport Sympiesometer
Cox & Combe Devonport Table aneroid

Dolland London stick 2006
Fogioli Great Warner St. London 10" wheel barometer
Fontana B Exeter 8" wheel barometer 2058

Gatti Reading shell inlay w/b 15xx
Gestra John Newport 8" wheel barometer 1815
Harben D.C. Keston Oak stick 1948
Heath & Stoneman Plymouth Aneroid
Hickes J Wall barograph 716
Hughes H 93 Fenchurch Street Oak stick 1457

Johnson Calbridge 10" wheel barometer
Jones, Gray, Keen Liverpool Sympiesometer 1708
Lousac Guy
Lynn Peter John 8" wheel barometer 2029
Lyon P South Molton 8" wheel barometer 1691

Maggi M Exeter 2059
Mallatt Barnstaple Mahogany stick 2076
Mangaedvallini J 22 Baldwin Gardens, Holborn 8" wheel barometer 1553
Marke C Plymouth 10" wheel barometer 924
Marratt & Ellis 63 King William Street Aneroid 560
Martinelli W 2 Kings Street, Bor 8" wheel barometer 1548 SOLD
Maspoli Agostino Windmill design 8" w/b 1397
Minoretti Leicester 8" wheel barometer 1555
Negretti & Zambra London Contra tube, stick

Parker John Ardingly 10" wheel barometer 765 SOLD
Pedroncelli G Truro, Cornwall 15xx
Poncione Colombo & Co 180 High Holborn, London Satinwood 8" w/b 687

Rubbergal Thomas Coventry Street, London Mountain stick
Russell Leicester 10" wheel barometer 722

Saldarini Joseph Peterborough 15xx
Salvad P Liverpool 8" wheel barometer 1550
Scott & Son J Newcastle upon Tyne stick 2136
Testi & Co. Chester 8" shell inlay w/b 2123

SOLD ITEMS below here.

Ref: 1457 sold
Oak stick mercury barometer by H. Hughes, Fenchurch Street, London with ivory scales missing thermometer completely and cistern cover, price guide

Ref 1451 Sold
A post war Dartonette Fortin style mercury barometer, with square case, of student quality
Ref 1485 SOLD
A simple round top figured oak stick mercury barometer, with ivorine scales and twin vernier operated. By Cetti, circa 1900

Ref 1367 SOLD
A round top rosewood stick mercury barometer, with ivory scales and twin vernier operated. By Chadburn Brothers, circa 1860's.

Ref 1286 sold
A heavily carved Victorian oak mercury stick barometer with ornately carved flat bulb thermometer, white glass scales, twin vernier operated. By a Torquay maker. Circa 1875.

Ref 1790 sold
A mahogany mercury stick barometer by Baptista Roncheti & Co. In the traditional style of D.Manticha who was working 1781 - 1805. Roncheti was working between 1785 and 1805. This barometer is quite rough. The paper scales are very good for the age, no important pieces missing but a bit grubby. The top of the pediment is missing as is the tube and glass cover and indicator. The case has had pieces glued back and some moulding is not original. The polish appears original and should improve with careful work on it to a deep patination as expected on these early barometers.

Odd items our Director has found.

Well it comes to us all!, we get hold of so many items we just can not keep them all, here will be some items we are selling which are either not barometers or are not normal barometers but may well suit the curious collector.

Campbell Stokes Pattern Sunshine Recorder.
Dated 1952 MkII model. This was teh British Meteorological Office Pattern with levelling base for latitudes 45 - 65 Degrees - These were standard type equipment once to record duration of sunshine around the world. The metal is brass/bronze to prevent corrossion. Gross weight with ball is 12lb 10oz. (5.75 kilos) This one has a new glass ball - perfect condition, and a years supply of charts. The ball focuses the suns rays and burns a line on the special chart behind. Being spherical the lens is always in focus to burn the chart when the suns shines enough (remember burning paper with a magnifying glass) longer the sunshine the more length of chart is marked. A tremendous piece of engineering, and a brilliant idea. It has a small clamp to hold the charts in place - this was a latter design as it was found in some areas birds would peck the charts and move them! The glass balls being perfectly round are expensive of course, many were stolen when on public display - although many were on roof tops etc. They were often collected for fortune teller tents at fairs and fetes etc. - much more use as a sunshine recorder .SOLD