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Lot 97

A large Victorian mahogany barometer, c.1890, the case with square moulded top enclosing...

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Lot 97

A large Victorian mahogany barometer, c.1890, the case with square moulded top enclosing...

Price Realised: £312

Estimate: £500 - £1,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 97


A large Victorian mahogany barometer, c.1890, the case with square moulded top enclosing angled plastic scales with brass pointers, with glazed hinged door to the plates and hinged door to the lower half for access to the cistern and tube, maker's plate to top inscribed BARTRUM'S PATENT, J. HICKS 8, 9, 10 HATTON GARDEN LONDON, 170cm high, 20cm wide, 12cm deep


Provenance: with City Fine Arts, London, 1970, £55.


Note: Sir Nicholas Goodison notes: C.O. Bartrum's patent consisted of expanding the scale by the use of two liquids in the tube, an idea first proposed by DesCartes. The mercury filled the lower cistern and extended to another cistern about half way up the tube, above which a more volatile fluid, in Bartrum's words 'a liquid of small specific gravity compared with that of mercury, such for instance as glycerine, aniline, methyl salicylate, or other suitable liquid', was pushed upwards when the mercury rose to give a reading over and extended scale. In this case the midway cistern, a widening of the tube, is just below the visible part of the tube in which the more volatile fluid gives the reading. See W.E.K.Middleton, The History of the Barometer, 1964, pp.87-8.


Please note Roseberys do not guarantee the working condition of barometers offered for sale.





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