Very nice early 19th century inlaid mahogany stick barometer by
James Nicholson, Newcastle upon Tyne
This is a form of stick barometer unique to the far northeastern section of England, with a flat front and access to the mercury system through the back of the case. The very nicely made case is faced with a panel of figured mahogany, and outlined with mahogany crossbanding and checkered boxwood and ebony stringing. The sides of the case are also crossbanded rather than veneered along the length. The nicely engraved and silvered register plates are decorated with a fabric swag at the top and full weather indications. The sliding pointer is a restoration. The circular cistern area is inlaid with a stylized chrysanthemum, similar to dial barometers of the same period. Color is a warm light brown, with a recent polish.
James Nicholson, who signed the barometer Fecit for "made it," is listed by Taylor as a Mathematical Teacher, flourishing in Newcastle around 1794. This instrument is a few years later.
39 Inches high
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