William Braithwaite of Halifax, England. A good quality, mid-19th Century figured mahogany stick barometer in original condition.

This mahogany cased stick barometer is of English origin and is currently operational. The dial plate is signed William Braithwaite / Halifax. William Braithwaite is listed in Edwin Banfield’s book, “Barometer Makers and Retailers 1660 – 1900.” Banfield lists Braithwaite’s working dates as 1815-35. Halifax is located on the western side of the island, roughly half way between Leeds and Manchester. It has a long history of being involved with the woolen trade since the 15th century.

This is a very sleek and narrow form. The arched top accommodates two very nicely engraved bone register plates that center the glass tube. The plate on the left is signed by the maker. It also is engraved with the possible changes to come. They include: VERY DRY, DRY FAIR, FAIR, RAIN. MUCH RAIN and STORMY. The plate on the right is engraved with the barometer scale in inches ranging from 26.5 to a high of 31. A vernier scale is also located on this side. It is adjustable via a rack-and-pinion devise that is operated from a knob below the head. The glass tube is filled with mercury and is set against a green background. The waist or trunk area is fitted with a second display area. Here one will find a thermometer. Both the Fahrenheit and RĂ©aumur scales are represented. In addition to the two separate scales, fahrenheit being located on the left, the markers of Freezing, Temperate, Summer Heat, Blood Heat and Fever Heat are included. This thermometer section is designed to be removable from the main unit so that one can take it into another area with out have to move the entire instrument. A cistern is located behind the circular wooden cistern cover located at the bottom of the case.

This barometer has the following approximate dimensions: 35.5 inches tall overall, and at the base it is 4 inches wide and 3 inches deep. The thermometer is 10.5 inches long.

This barometer is inventory number VV-50.


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