With the Kentucky Derby just over, and the British fox hunts a thing of the past, the nostalgia for hunt related and jockey and race horse items looms large. We've had a few fun items over the years, including a noted racehorse's hoof inkwell (which sold over $3400 at auction, surprising us). This one caught my eye and of course came home from Paris with me. Yes, purchased in France, it's a large and lovely old thing. But we know it's German in origin. In the German language, it says it's a "veranderlich" (barometer) and the maker name Sturm, a well-respected name in this type of scientific equipment. Strum aneroid barometers find their way into a variety of cases, but this one is rather uniquely wonderful, don't you agree?
Very good to excellent, the barometer works fine and is complete. It is encased in a brushed silver metal case and made to suspend on a leather strap with buckle, from the stirrup shaped frame. Trimmed out in a bow and wound brass ribbon, it also has a riding cap, whether for fox hunt or racing jockey's cap, we don't know. No chips, no damage other than some surface age showing. No chips or damage to the beveled cover glass and the dials are in place. A lovely and heavy old treasure, probably dates c.1900.
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