We've had one of these wonderful old late Victorian era gutta percha cased wall barometers in the past, and sold it quickly. This one was an even better buy for us and is priced lower even though it's a finer example of the old cast material - no flaws notable, and is in a more appealing brown rather than black. Gutta percha is an early cartable substance of mysterious composition. I've read that it was super-fine wood dust and proteins from cow's blood and also milk to form the adhesive quality necessary to hold it together. First used in 1850s for cases for old photographic images (union cases, as they're often referred to) and for frames for portrait miniatures, small objects like hand mirrors and the like, as a mimic for fine carved wood. Interesting old treasures! This one is just fabulous!
Very good to excellent condition, French made gutta percha case is pristine. No damage at all to report, and is in a rather rare brown coloration rather than the more typical black. The aneroid barometer is working, as is the thermometer. A competent and lovely weather station, dating c.1850-70, during the Napoleon III era, France. Of course the enameled dial informs you in French just what weather to expect. Complete and lovely, nest pas? And 21" in length, ready to hang and enjoy. other measurements noted on photos.
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