18th Century Wheel Barometer by Negretty of London
A very rare rounded top late 18th century mahogany wheel barometer by this well known family of Instrument Makers.
The 8" diameter finely engraved silvered brass dial calibrated from 28" to 31" with engraved weather indications set on the outer edge and a star motif engraving to the centre. The makers name also finely engraved to the centre of the dial. The barometer reading is indicated by a blued steel hand and can be recorded with a brass set hand, controlled with the brass knob set within the glazed concave bezel. The alcohol thermometer set on a silvered brass scale calibrated from -10Âº to 120Âº Fahrenheit. The thermometer scale also with well engraved flowers and swags. The mahogany veneered case of an excellent faded colour with high quality chequer strung edge inlay, rounded top and bottom and cross-banded sides. The case also features exceptionally well crafted oval inlays of Lily of the Valley to the centre and complicated flower roundels to both the top and base of the barometer.
An exceptional and rare piece.
Price: £3,450 / Height: 37" / C.1795