Mahogany Stick Barometer by Joseph Somalvico of London
A high quality mahogany stick barometer by this accomplished and well known family of instrument makers.
The shaped silvered brass scale calibrated from 27" to 31" with sliding vernier controlled from within a glazed access door. The thermometer calibrated from 20 to 110 Degrees Fahrenheit. The shaped dial signed by the maker J. Somalvico, No 87, Holborn, London. The mahogany herringboned veneered case with exposed mercury tube and boxwood and ebony chequered stringing throughout. The base with a double turned cistern cover and a brass transportation screw. The broken architectural pediment with a central brass finial.
Note: The Somalvico family worked from the early 18th century until the end of the 19th century. They were mostly based in Holborn, London. We believe this instrument was made by Joseph Somalvico who had two sons, James and Charles. Both followed their Father into the world of instrument making and worked with him into the 19th century.
Price: £4,250 / Height: 41 / C.1805