The revival of painting things in the 1st Qtr. of the 20th century, especially after the end of the 1st World War, was probably influenced by the need to create a nouveaux chic look, a freshness created for nouveaux interior design, after a long period of war.
This very striking, and unusual, eye-catching, Aneroid Barometer is painted over a highly decorative and deep, richly hand carved, solid hardwood mahogany case. This lovely Barometer would easily make a great aesthetic statement in many a setting, as well as being of great help to keep in touch with changes in weather. It is suitable for gracing a wide variety of wall spaces, in various locations, in the home, office, or in the workplace, where regular accurate readings of the ever changing weather conditions would enable many an interested person to be able to go about their daily tasks being best informed of up-to-minute local weather changes. For example, a shipping agent would benefit, also a fisherman, or an intercontinental transport owner, or persons issuing weather warnings, just to site a few of the many beneficial possibilities this fine instrument can afford you..
I suggest that one way to go about accurately setting up and getting started with your newly purchased Aneroid Barometer, is firstly, to find out what height above `Sea Level' you are at by looking at maps having contours marked on them. Then, secondly, phone your nearest Airport Control Tower and ask them for a current barometric reading, and if possible, what would this reading be if adjusted to your height above sea level. Then thirdly, using this figure, get a suitably small and narrow old imperial headed screwdriver having a single narrow blade to its screwing head, insert it into the small hole at the rear of the main dial, locate a deeply set screw head set in it and using the screwdriver turn the screw left or right from its existing location so that `static' hand, one of the two main dial hands, the lacquered brass one, which is connected to the screw, is moved to line up with the adjusted barometric reading the Airport staff gave you just only minutes beforehand.
Please be careful, and not heavy handed with the screw driver, turning the small screw head carefully. These operations need to be done simultaneously in order to maintain an overall accuracy for all readings of your barometric dial calibrations.
The `roving hand' on your dial, the one with the beautiful crescent end, will move, as the barometric pressure changes. Then, as often as you like, read the changes as they occur. Move the roving hand by turning the small knurled brass knob situated on the outside center of the main dial, to overlap the fixed hand, then as the pressure changes the roving hand will move and you can read the calibrated difference for the change and also visually see the changes as they occur. You can also see how quick the changes have occurred and be able to respond quickly if you are dependent on the weather so much.
Now, hopefully, if you were a bit nervous previously of owning a Aneroid Barometer such as this, I hope I have enlightened you, and given you an opportunity to confidently own one of these fine instruments by understanding how it works, and how to work it !
This particularly rich unusual very decoratively hand foliate carved aneroid barometer case is stunningly enhanced with it's painted finish. The aneroid barometer and thermometer are made of white opaque porcelain dials, which are beautifully finely calibrated, and display a lovely fresh clean look to the eye in a nouveaux early 20th century style, and are therefore, much easier to read and lovely to look at. See pics. In date I would suggest this item was made circa 1900-1920's. All the working parts are considered correctly operational producing accurate readings as required at anytime during the day or night.
The two porcelain dials, the thermometer and the circular barometric calibrated dial are protected by their thick bevel edged viewing glass, which also act as dust barrier, have been professionally cleaned along with the solid brass barometer bezel and its inner silvered edge. The centrally fitted dial adjuster, the small knurled knop center dial and thermometer brackets still shine beautifully having still the original lacquer finish intact. The longer of the two circular dial hands still displays its original tempered `blued' steel finish. A very nice feature to enjoy.
The painted case has been carefully washed and cleaned sympathetically.
Size : o/all length 33.25" o/all width across center of dial and painted case 12.5"
o/all width across widest part of the Architectural molded and carved top 7, 7/8"
8.25" dia. of calibrated porcelain dial. Depth of wooden Thermometer case 10.5"
Marks : No makers marks, but possibly made in Britain or on the European Continent. If the latter, then most likely it was produced by wood carvers in the `Black Forest' in the Black Forest area of Germany. The style of carving strongly suggests a c1900 Contemporary version of a revived `Empire' design, probably being copied from ancient antiquities.
Condition : Excellent. No losses to carving. No cracks, or splits, or repairs. All in all a very nice `ready to go' condition. All working parts are working.
Weight of item 8lbs 3oz's [ 3.77kg ] Packed weight 5.07kgs
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