A late 18th/early 19th century ebony and boxwood strung mahogany wheel barometer Ripley & Son, No 335 Hermitage, London

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A late 18th/early 19th century ebony and boxwood strung mahogany wheel barometer
Ripley & Son, No 335 Hermitage, London

Sold for £ 1,440 (US$ 1,740) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

14 Jun 2005, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A late 18th/early 19th century ebony and boxwood strung mahogany wheel barometer
Ripley & Son, No 335 Hermitage, London
broken architectural pediment centred by a brass urn finial over a removable hygrometer and removable mercury thermometer (measuring to 130 degrees) flanked by a matching pair of shell inlaid medallions, the 8 inch silvered dial with counterbalanced blued steel hand and brass recording hand within a concave moulded bezel over a signed silvered level 98cms. (38.5ins.) high

Footnotes

  • This barometer is illustrated and discussed in Banfield; Barometers Wheel or Banjo, Baros Books 1985 Fig 85.

    Thomas Ripley started working in 1765 and was at various addresses in and around the Hermitage until 1790 when he brought his son James, whom had apprenticed to him in 1782, into the company to become Ripley & Son. This partnership lasted until 1805 when presumably he retired or died and James set out on his own.
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