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French Holosteric Barometer Signed B. Leja Carved Black Forest Case - c. 19th Century, France
Fine French antique holosteric barometer in a beautifully carved wood Black Forest case with a lovely patina. Holosteric barometers show changes in the barometric pressure by means of a mechanical movement They are also known as Aneroid (Greek for "without liquid"). They were invented in 1843 by Lucien Vidie in France. Inscription on the face of the barometer reads as follows:
B Leja Opticn. Fr Bte de L. M. L'Empereur, etc, etc. 1 Rue de l'Echelle Paris Barometre Holosterique
Benjamin Leja (1797-1870) was born in Germany, started out as an optical instrument maker in Sweden. He prospered as he branched out into other areas of commerce and eventually opened one of the first department stores in Stockholm. Leja later moved to Paris where he became optician to Emperor Napoleon III. His place of business, 1 Rue de l'Echelle in Paris, was right behind the Tulleries. In 1862 the King of Italy appointed him Royal provider for the refinement and elegance of his work. In good used condition with wood losses, cracks and imperfections as shown. Shipped professionally packed and fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: 13.4 " tall by 9.8" widest point (34 cm tall by 25 cm wide; Face: 5.1" diameter by 2.4" deep (13 cm diameter by 6 cm deep) approximately.
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