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JAMES GATTY. An exceptionally rare George III burr-yew wheel barometer.

JAMES GATTY. An exceptionally rare George III burr-yew wheel barometer. JAMES GATTY. An exceptionally rare George III burr-yew wheel barometer. JAMES GATTY. An exceptionally rare George III burr-yew wheel barometer. JAMES GATTY. An exceptionally rare George III burr-yew wheel barometer. JAMES GATTY. An exceptionally rare George III burr-yew wheel barometer.
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JAMES GATTY. An exceptionally rare George III burr-yew wheel barometer.

Origin
LONDON
Date
circa 1810

An exceptionally rare George III burr-yew wheel barometer by this well known maker.

The case has three brass urn finials and kingwood crossbanding offset with the finest patinated burr yew veneers.

The 10-inch silvered brass round dial shows the States of the Weather with a brass setting hand and a revolving counterpoise blued steel pointer to show the barometric readings in inches. There is a concave cast brass bezel to hold the glass in place.

Just below the top pediment there is a subsidiary oatbeard Hygrometer dial with a brass adjustment screw below. In the centre there is a glazed arched top wooden box containing a Fahrenheit thermometer scale with an alcohol filled glass tube. At the base of the case below the ivory setting screw there is an inset spirit level with the maker’s name and address engraved on the dial Jas Gatty, N° 130 high Holb, LONDON

Height: 43 in (109 cm)

This is one of the finest banjo barometers to have come on the market in many years and its prominent position within Sir Nicholas Goodison’s book attests to its rarity and importance.

* James Gatty is recorded in Nicholas Goodison’s English Barometers 1680-1860 as working from 130 and 132 High Holborn. His exact dates or whether he started as an optician or immigrant glassblower are unknown. However, a barometer by him was included in the sale of Sir William Chambers’ furniture in 1796. Gatty is considered to be probably the most sought after maker of early wheel barometers as his are amongst the finest ever made.

Provenance: with Mallet at Bourdon House, 1970

Literature: N. Goodison, English Barometers, pub. 1977, frontispiece and cover, pp. 149-52.

                     Edwin Banfield, Barometer Makers and Retailers, 1660 – 1900, pub. 1991, p. 89

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