Wheel barometers (sometimes called banjo barometers) were used throughout the 18th century but they did not become popular until C.1780. The antique barometers at this stage were mostly in London by Italian Craftsmen. The wheel barometers at this period featured crossbanded sides, high quality veneers and engraving and very finely made cast brass bezels.
As the 19th century approached the volume of wheel barometers increased and an almost standard form was being produced which is sometimes called a Shell Barometer. This type of antique barometer was made until C.1830 when other features suchs as Mirrors and Hygrometers became more popular and the 5 Dial Barometer was introduced. Towards the end of the 19th century when the Aneroid Barometer was found to be easier to transport and cheaper to make, the Mercurial Wheel barometers eventually came to an end.
Stick Barometers were first produced in the late 17th century by famous clockmakers such as Tompion, Quare and Delander. As the 18th century progressed various styles were introduced, the earlier examples being veneered in walnut and then with mahogany as it became more popular and more readily available. By C.1760 virtually all Stick Barometers were being produced in mahogany and they started to follow individual styles as the general fashions changed.
During the early part of the 19th century the classic architectural topped stick barometers were being produced in quite large numbers. By the mid 19th century oak was being used as the main timber and the stick barometers became much larger in their design and build. These antique barometers were very often used by Farmers or Mariners. The Marine barometer was also introduced at this period which hung from a brass bracket from within the ship to allow it to work accurately. Please click on the following link to view our current stock of antique barometers.
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