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    Sale 5969

    A West Country Tradition - Avon Antiques, Bradford-upon-Avon, Wiltshire

    21 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 129

    A George III Scottish mahogany and chequer-strung stick barometer


    Price Realised  


    A George III Scottish mahogany and chequer-strung stick barometer
    By Balthazar Knie, Edinburgh, dated 1787
    The typical Knie case of arch form and with oval moulded cistern cover, the silvered and engraved register plate inscribed 'BAROMETER' above trailing leaves and flowerheads, signed 'KNIE Edinr 1787' engraved with flowerheads around the screwholes, with Vernier scale; replaced tube, mercury removed
    41 in. (104 cm.) high; 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) wide; 3/4 in. (2 cm.) deep

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    Balthazar Knie (fl.1743 - d.1817) is regarded as Scotland's most renowned and prolific barometer maker of the late 18th/early 19th century. Born in Germany and trained as a glass blower, he is first recorded in Edinburgh in 1776 and remained active until his death in 1817.

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