Early English Regency Period mahogany stick barometer
by William Harris & Co., London.
The nicely made case uses flame mahogany veneer and ebony trim, and the glazed door has the original working lock and a restored key. The register plates and thermometer plate are engraved and silvered brass. The Fahrenheit mercury thermometer is a removable assembly. The only restorations are the finial and some small repairs to the cornice mouldings.
The barometer is signed Wm. Harris & Co., 50 Holborn, London. William Harris worked for the famous Sir David Brewster in Edinburgh until about 1800, then began to produce instruments under his own name. In about 1800 he opened premises at 50 Holborn in London, marking his output as William Harris & Co. In 1840 the firm was renamed William Harris & Son.
40" high, 5 3/4” wide (cornice)