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Early Wheel Barometer by Joseph Somalvico of Holborn, London


Sold: 7th March 2017

A rare rounded top 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 engraved to the main dial as Joseph Somalvico, No 67 Leather Lane, Holborn. 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 exquisitely engraved silvered brass scale calibrated from 0 Degress to 110 Degrees Fahrenheit. The thermometer scale also with well engraved flowers and swags. The mahogany veneered case of good deep colour and with chequer strung edge inlay, rounded top and bottom and deep cross-banded sides. The case also features exceptionally well crafted oval inlay to the centre and complicated flower roundels to both the top and base of the barometer.

Note: The Somalvico family were extremely competent and prolific Instrument Makers. Joseph Somalvico appears to be the first generation of a large family which spanned the 19th century.

Price: £3,250 / Height: 36" / C.1800