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Gutta percha, that earliest precursor to plastics (arguably) was a c.1840s-50s cast-able substance of various reported ingredients (some say blood proteins were used as a binder), used for a variety of items from union cases for early daguerreotype and tintype photography to fancy desk items like frames, perpetual calendars and inkwells. We've offered such items through the years and people are always thrilled by the opulent detail to the 'carving' on what might otherwise look like a hand carved wood item. To get such fine detail without the labor of carving, molds were used and this 'gutta percha' poured and packed into the forms 'til it dried and hardened. This offering is for a most unique surviving gutta percha item, a wonderful wall barometer, thermometer, in fine working condition and with a gutta percha case that is to die for. For the true collector, or just for the antique lover who wishes to have the finest old pieces to grace their decor, this one is a must have.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, it is the first time we've seen a full gutta percha wall barometer in such finely preserved state. And only about the 5th one ever found in all our years of searching antiques out. These are rare! You will note that there is not a crack or repair to be found (gutta percha does not 'repair' well, and is subject to damage). There is a tiny chip on one point there at the top. Otherwise, I can find nothing to report by way of flaw. The barometer mechanism (aneroid) and thermometer are both working well, no breaks or loss. This one is a spectacular rare find!
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RARE Antique French Gutta Percha Frame Barometer, Thermometer
$675 USD SOLD
San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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