Late Victorian Pocket Barometer Travel Compendium c1905 – SOLD
Travel compendium comprising lacquered brass aneroid pocket barometer, 1¾” engraved silvered dial calibrated from 23-31 inches of mercury, altitude ring calibrated from 0-8000ft. Upper portion marked “Rain,” “Change,” “Fair” and “Compensated.” Blued-steel pointer, rotating bezel with altitude scale. Bevelled crystal. Conventional single capsule movement, barrel-form case with compensation adjustment to rear set at 7 o’clock. Turned and stylised pillar with suspension ring.
Matching 1” magnetic compass with jewelled bar needle, calibrated to 360 degrees with cardinals and intercardinals. Lacquered brass case with side-mounted arresting lever. Turned and stylised pillar with suspension ring.
Mercurial 2½” thermometer set on an ivory scale, calibrated in degrees Fahrenheit and Centigrade. Green silk suspension cord.
All contained within original burgundy, Moroccan leather, ovoid-style case with twin doors. Fold-out easel stand to rear, brass closing clasp to the front. Marked in block “O.W.C.P.”
Created with the gentleman traveller in mind, these compendia are scarce and, in this condition, rare. A high quality piece, both the barometer and compass being well-engineered. Conditions of the instruments overall may be described as ‘fine;’ all are in good working order, retaining almost all their original lacquer and colour, and may be considered very crisp. The leather-covered case, similarly, is in exceptional condition, as most of those that survive have succumbed to deterioration though exposure to ultraviolet light and storage in poor conditions. Very much a collector’s piece.
Dimensions: 3¼” wide x 3¾” high x 3″ deep (closed)
Stock No: CP0362
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