A barometer is a scientific instrument used to measure changes in atmospheric pressure, these changes then used to predict the likely weather. Barometers are divided into two main categories; mercurial and aneroid.
Mercurial is the oldest in design and based on the work of Evangelista Torricelli (1608-47) who invented a barometer using a glass tube with its top end sealed and filled with mercury.
Aneroid barometers were invented by Lucien Vidie in 1842 and operated without mercury, making them more compact and portable. During the late 19th century miniature versions were made, suitable for carrying in a pocket.
Table clock ticks up to £15,50010 September 2013
The latest horology sale held by Dreweatts in Donnington Priory was led by this early Victorian brass tripod table clock signed twice for Thomas Cole of London.
Dealers give strong showing for horology at summer fairs01 August 2013
As single disciplines go, English clocks are among the London summer fairs’ strongest suits.
18th century barometers still command a premium16 August 2012
While 19th century wheel, or banjo, barometers have not been the most sought after items at auction in recent times, 18th century stick barometers can still bring strong demand, as evidenced by the George III example pictured here.
A rare Derbyshire signpost to £19,00029 April 2010
THIS previously unrecorded George II mahogany ‘sign post’ angle barometer was made by the gifted mechanician and scientist John Whitehurst (1713-1788) of Derby.
Fairfax barometer back on display22 June 2009
THE important 17th century ivory barometer stolen from the Fairfax House Museum in York has been recovered and is back on display in the museum.
Turned out nice again07 September 2007
THIS George II walnut syphon tube wheel barometer by John Hallifax of Barnsley, c.1730, was one of the 209 lots from the Edwin Banfield collection offered by Dreweatt Neate of Donnington Priory on September 4. In a white glove sale all the lots found buyers.
Barometers over 50 years old escape EU mercury ban11 June 2007
But supplies for repairs could still prove a problem
North American barometer trade under pressure22 August 2006
The North American trade in antique barometers is under threat from mercury management legislation now operating in a dozen states.
Barometers safe under EC ruling12 April 2006
FEARS that the European Commission’s proposals to restrict the use of mercury could threaten the trade in antique barometers appear to have receded for the time being at least.
Barometers give business climate a boost at Grantham27 July 2005
Two very good stick barometers, in the popular 1820s form with bowfront and ebony-inlaid mahogany cases, were among the highlights at Grantham.
Chislehurst clock theft25 January 2005
Four antique clocks and two barometers were stolen in a raid on Chislehurst Antiques in Kent in late December.
FitzRoy and forecasts – the perfect mix18 August 2004
ADMIRAL Robert FitzRoy (1805-1865) has several claims to fame. He was companion to Darwin on the Beagle, the first Head of Meteorology at the Board of Trade (the Met Office) and, using the newly invented electric telegraph, one of the first to attempt a scientific weather forecast. His first daily weather forecasts were published in The Times in 1860, thus introducing the British public to a new pastime – complaining that the forecasters got it wrong.
The maritime climate29 June 2004
LEADING the sale conducted by John Taylors (12% buyer’s premium) in Louth on June 1 was a marine barometer by Rodgerson & Co.
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Hoping for fair Kent trade winds28 May 2004
KENT English furniture dealer Michael Sim holds his fifth Special Summer Exhibition of Scottish & English Barometers throughout the month of June at his showrooms in Royal Parade, Chislehurst.
In short, it’s a move for the better01 April 2004
MOVING shop when leases expire, or for other reasons, is always stressful, but some moves are less traumatic than others.
Clock sales tick over but achieve good selling rates02 February 2004
The pre-Christmas horological sales were lower key than those traditionally seen in the London rooms at this time of year. With the continuing problem of sourcing enough good material, few top names were on offer to tempt the serious collector, and the general mixed sales which resulted provided some good-value purchases for buyers further down the scale.
Clocks, Watches and Barometers sale02 October 2001
Sotheby’s 236-lot Clocks, Watches and Barometers sale was the largest of the three held on September 20. Timed to capitalise on the recent opening of the Olympia saleroom, it brought £417,645 and was 73 per cent taken up by lot. This small olivewood marquetry longcase clock, c.1680, 7ft 6in (2.15m), by Joseph Knibb, stole the limelight.
Clock clean reveals a fine feat of Clay12 February 2001
UK: SOTHEBY'S Barometers and Clocks sale at Billingshurst on February 1 was one of the few areas where Joe Marshall’s treasures did not make a showing but expert-in-charge Jonathan Hills happily remarked on the current strength of the market across the board for horology.
Mahogany wheel-shaped barometer10 July 2000
UK: JOHN Russell of Falkirk was a barometer maker to the Prince Regent and, as a result, this mahogany wheel-shaped example with the Prince of Wales feathers commanded considerable interest from leading London dealers at Woolley and Wallis’s Salisbury salerooms on July 4.
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