Antique clocks and barometers
Every home should have one - the ticking of a clock is like a heartbeat in a household and, along with the barometer, provided the two most widely held domestic instruments of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Time was as much of the essence in the centuries before the wristwatch, and before there was any universal time system in the UK, as it is today. Some clocks had lunar dials and calendar apertures. As well as longcase clocks there are bracket clocks, mantel clocks, wall clocks, pillar clocks and even balloon clocks in many different materials including wood, brass, ormolu, and bronze. The English fixation with the weather is legendary, and many homes acquired either a wheel or stick barometer so that they could judge for themselves the direction of change in the weather in times before broadcast hourly weather forecasts. It is remarkable that so many fine clocks and barometers have withstood the centuries and still give as much pleasure and reliable a service to their owners as when they were first made.
George III Mahogany Longcase Clock by Law of London
A fine quality George III Mahogany Longcase Clock with 8 day movement striking the hours on one bell, the silvered dial with subsidiary seconds dial and calendar dial and with a strike/silent lever to the arch, the dial signed "Thomas Law London".
Law is recorded as working in Southwark from 1777 to 1799 in Britten's Watch and Clockmakers of the World.
H: 98" (248 cms) W: 20½" (52 cms) D: 10½" (26 cms)
Price: £9,500 / US$ 14,345 / € 11,115
Georgian Mahogany and Inlaid Wheel Barometer
A very good George III Period Mahogany and Shell Inlaid eight inch dial wheel barometer signed Bernascheni & Monli, Leicester with silvered dial and thermometer scale.
These makers are listed in "English Barometers, 1680 to 1860" by Nicholas Goodison variously as "Bernaschoni and Monthi, Leicester. Wheel Barometer with 8 inch dial, mahogany, broken pediment, case inlaid with paterae of coloured woods, Stick Barometer with bulb cistern in mahogany, broken pediment. Probably identifiable with Barnaschoni and Monthi."
H: 38" (96 cms) W: 10" (25 cms) D: 2" (5 cms)
Price: £1,500 / US$ 2,265 / € 1,755
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Georgian Mahogany Wheel Barometer by Rivolta of Chester
A good George III period Mahogany, double line and shell inlaid wheel barometer, the 8" dial signed "A.Rivolta, Chester, the whole surmounted with a broken arch pediment. This maker is listed in "English Barometers, 1680 to 1860" by Nicholas Goodison and appears to be part of an illustrious family of Italian immigrant barometer makers. Wheel Barometer with 8 inch dial, mahogany, broken pediment, case inlaid with paterae of coloured woods
H: 38" (96 cms) W: 9¾" (24 cms) D: 2¼" (5 cms)
Price: £1,500 / US$ 2,265 / € 1,755
Regency Bracket Clock on Bracket
A particularly good Regency Period Mahogany and Ebony Bracket Clock on original bracket by Thomas Warwick of Birmingham, the eight inch painted convex dial with Roman numerals to the eight day, twin train fusee movement, hour striking and pull repeating on one bell, the movement with shaped plates and engraved backplate, the adjustable pendulum with rating slide all within a Mahogany rectangular case with stepped top and finial, ebonised fluted frieze, ebony inlaid canted corners and mouldings, raised on ball feet, the sides with gilt cast brass ring handles over fretwork panels, convex glazed door to the front, the bracket with conforming mouldings.
Lit: Baiilie's, Brittan's etc. List Thomas Warwick in Birmingham from Ca. 1825 to Ca. 1854
H: 19" (48 cms) W: 11" (27 cms) D: 7" (17 cms)
Price: £5,500 / US$ 8,305 / € 6,435