Bow Fronted Stick Barometer by Fraser of New Bond Street, London
A very elegant and rare bow fronted stick barometer by this maker to King George III and the Prince of Wales.
The silvered brass scale calibrated from 28" to 31" with a sliding rack and pinion vernier of excellent workmanship and design and controlled with a brass set key set within a bone collet. The dial also engraved with weather indications and makers name and place of work engraved to the top of the scale.
The exceptional flat-to-the-wall mahogany case with excellent flame veneers to the bowed front and with the rare use of a swan neck pediment with bone paterea and an ornate brass finial. The base with an ebonised boxwood urn cistern, ebony mouldings, ebony inlay and access to the brass cistern screw for transportation.
A stunning Georgian Instrument for the traditional or contemporary home.
Note: William Fraser was born C.1720. He was made Mathematical Instrument Maker to King George III and also the Prince of Wales. From 1799 he was in Partnership with his son which continued until William died in 1815. In later years the business was taken over by Dixey & Son and continued with great success with Royal Warrants. The New Bond Street address was destroyed in the Second World War but was relocated. The Dixey & Son business continues to this day.
Price: Was: £8,500 Now: £7,225 / Height: 40" / C.1810