Georgian Wheel Barometer by Charles Aiano of London
A rare satinwood veneered Georgian wheel barometer
Possibly completely unique in its design and style. It’s also veneered in satinwood, a very unusual veneer to use on barometers. Inlaid with Prince of Wales Feathers so quite possibly it may have had some sort of Royal connection.
The main dial is of the larger 12 inches and it has an adjustable hygrometer to the top of the pediment to measure the humidity in the air. The thermometer box is also removable and is very unusually made of solid brass. It’s possible that it was used extensively in a very humid environment to measure the temperature, such as an Orangery, which would explain the substantial construction of the box.
The main bezel is also fitted with a lock to easily gain access to the hands to make any necessary adjustments.
The level dial is signed Charles Aiano, Fecit (’made it’ in Latin). Charles was based in London but moved to Canterbury later in the 19th century.
He was an exceptional maker of scientific instruments.
Price: £8,250 / C.1795