A fine Regency period mahogany banjo Barometer of rare small size by this pre-eminent London maker.
The highly figured and patinated mahogany banjo shaped case with ebony strung edge with swanneck top surmounted by an original brass urn finial top.
The round 6 inch dial is signed by the maker Dollond London and has the characteristic states of the weather which are graduated from 28 inches Stormy up to 31 inches Very Dry.
The trunk has a hygrometer dial at the top with a central thermometer below and levelling dial at the bottom of the case with delicate foliate decoration to the centre.
Height: 37 ¾ in (96 cm) including top finial
* The Dollond dynasty of fine instrument makers was justly famous. This fine piece was almost certainly made by Peter Dollond who was active from circa 1750 until his death in 1820. (See pages 70-71 in Edwin Banfield’s Barometer Makers and Retailers 1660-1900 for more details on the Dollond family.)HW5803