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BERGE, Late Ramsden. A fine bow front stick barometer by this well known maker.

BERGE, Late Ramsden. A fine bow front stick barometer by this well known maker. BERGE, Late Ramsden. A fine bow front stick barometer by this well known maker. BERGE, Late Ramsden. A fine bow front stick barometer by this well known maker.
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BERGE, Late Ramsden. A fine bow front stick barometer by this well known maker.

Origin
London
Date
circa 1810

A fine flame mahogany Bow Front Stick Barometer of most elegant proportions by this well known maker.

The case with cushion moulded  pediment and with very crisp mouldings throughout, is veneered with the finest figured flame mahogany. The ebonised urn shaped cistern cover at the base is flanked by triple lines of inlaid ebony. The engraved and silvered brass 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 Berge late Ramsden London is engraved at the bottom left of the plate.

Height: 38 ¼  in (97 cm)

* Banfield shows Mathew Berge as working between  1800 and his death in  1819 at 199 Piccadilly. Berge succeeded Jesse Ramsden, “a maker of international repute” in 1800 and continued  in his workshop at the same address. Both makers typically employed a very restrained signature in the same style as on this instrument.

Bibliography:

Edwin Banfield, Barometers and Retailers, p.22

Nicholas Goodison, English Barometers 1680-1860, p.301
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