Superb, rare antique Victorian or Napoleon III era French 37.25” wall barometer, a Pertuis, Hulot, Naudet et Cie. Paris marked piece with original thermometer mounted on a milk glass panel with enamel script markings, silvered barometer dial, ornate carved decoration and elegant ebony or ebonized finish! Beautiful! Yes, it is a bit odd to describe a scientific instrument as ‘beautiful’ but this one definitely earns that. Large size at over 37” tall and up to 12 3/8” in width. The back of the barometer mechanism is marked “PHNB” for Pertuis Hulot & Naudet Barometres, Paris. The firm of Pertuis Hulot & Naudet Barometres, was pre-eminent in the manufacture of the aneroid barometers during the 2nd to 3rd quarter of the 19th Century. The dial marked “Barometre Holosterique” or holosteric barometer, the same as aneroid in that both names denote their lack of fluid to determine the pressure. A marvelous instrument and even better decorative accent, don’t miss it!
Very good condition. There are a few small portions of the carved wood appliqués missing, the tip off the carved scroll at about 10 o’clock position above the barometer dial and two small sections in the carving above the ‘Variable’ position. The tip of the final is chipped with a bit of rubbing to the ebony finish there and there also appears to have been a finial on the bottom of the piece that has gone missing. There was also a round wooden cover on the back originally but has been lost over the years due to the hinges failing. Lastly, there is a bit of tarnish visible on the silvered dial around the edges. Everything appears intact and in working order but we've not tested it for accuracy. See pictures for all measurements.
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