A fine George III period bow front stick barometer by two of the finest instrument makers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This particular barometer is a very good example of their work and would date from the end of the 18th century. The stem is veneered with highly figured and patinated mahogany with ebony edging and terminates with an ebonised cistern cover. The swan neck top retains its original turned ivory urn finial (most have been lost) and turned ivory paterae.
The silvered register plate which reads from 27 to 32 inches is delicately engraved and includes the maker’s signature, W & S Jones, Holborn, London. The ivory key controls the Vernier scale pointer on the register plates which show the states of the weather and which provide an accurate reading of rising and falling barometric pressure.
This barometer has a particularly elegant appearance, accentuated by the fact that it lies flat against the wall.
Height: 40 in (102 cm)
Reference: English Barometers 1680 – 1860, Nicolas Goodison. Pages 168-169
Barometer Makers and Retailers 1660-1900 Edwin Banfield.Pages 122-123