10" Wheel Barometer by Maltwood of London
An excellent mahogany wheel barometer with 10" dial featuring the Hygrometer to the centre of the case.
The 10" diameter silvered brass scale calibrated from 28" to 31" and engraved weather indications enclosed within a double moulded brass bezel with a convex glass. The thermometer scale calibrated from 20Âº to 100Âº Fahrenheit. The hygrometer can be found to the centre of the case below the removable thermometer box which is a very unusual and rare position. The level to the base of the barometer is signed with the makers name and address. The very well proportioned mahogany case of superb colour with ebony and boxwood edge inlay. The swan neck top with central brass finial.
Note: Richard Austen Maltwood worked at several different locations throughout London during the first part of the 19th century. In the 1851 Census he is listed as working at 148 St Johns Street, Finsbury, aged 58 and is listed as a Mathematical Instrument Maker. We believe that the unusual engraving to the main dial depicting a gauntleted arm with the hand holding a sword is the Heraldic Crest of the Richardson family.
Price: £1,950 / Height: 44" / C.1825