21 May 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 3,000
Estimate GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,500
A George III mahogany and ivory-mounted stick barometer
By Jacob Abraham, Bath, circa 1820
With swan neck cresting flanking a brass finial, thumb-nail mouldings to the trunk, the moulded cistern cover centred by an ivory and ebony roundel, the silvered and engraved register plate with Vernier scale and signed 'Abraham Optician BATH', brass cap to replaced tube, the ebony-banded trunk with turned ivory Vernier key, hygrometer and detachable thermometer; replaced tube, mercury removed
39 in. (99 cm.) high; 5¼ in. (14 cm.) wide; 2 1/3 in. (6 cm.) deep
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Jacob Abraham (fl.1805-1841) was a celebrated barometer maker whose patrons included the Dukes of Gloucester and Wellington.
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