JAMES AYSCOUGH, LONDON, CIRCA 1760
JAMES AYSCOUGH, LONDON, CIRCA 1760
JAMES AYSCOUGH, LONDON, CIRCA 1760
JAMES AYSCOUGH, LONDON, CIRCA 1760
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JAMES AYSCOUGH, LONDON, CIRCA 1760

A GEORGE III STICK BAROMETER

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JAMES AYSCOUGH, LONDON, CIRCA 1760
A GEORGE III STICK BAROMETER
The case with circular glazed dial and hemispherical cistern cover, the silvered plates, '3-27', the dial signed 'Ayscough / London', manually adjusted pointer with vernier, the scale with engraved borders, portable cistern with brass screw
Mahogany and brass
33 1⁄2 in. (85.1 cm.) high; 4 3⁄4 in. (12 cm.) wide; 3 in. (7.6 cm.) deep
Provenance
Acquired from John Carlton-Smith, London, November 1996.
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Lot Essay


Sir Nicholas Goodison noted: The extended scale suggests that this barometer was conceived as a mountain barometer. Ayscough was an optician and probably did no more then sell barometers. He became a member of the Spectaclemaker's Company in 1740. A trade card in the Heal Collection (British Museum, Heal 105.4) lists barometers and thermometers among his stock at the Great Golden Spectacle. Another trade card, in the Science Museum (inv. no. 1934-101) , advertises 'barometers, diagonal, standard, or portable' (N. Goodison, English Barometers, Woodbridge, 1977, p. 131).

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