A good French silver pocket barometer, altimeter and compass compendium, probably by Maxant, c1895

French Silver Pocket Barometer & Compass Compendium c1895


IImage of French Silver Pocket Barometer Compendium c1895Pocket barometer compass compendium having 1½” die struck and silvered stepped dial, the inner calibrated in inches of mercury with a range from 21 – 31, the upper portion marked with standard meteorological terms “Rain,” “Change” and “Fair.” The outer rotating scale calibrated in feet, activated at the crown with altitude scale from 0 – 10,000ft. Fine blued steel pointer set beneath a low convex crystal. Typical French rack-type movement driven by a 1″ capsule.

The verso with off-set compass also set beneath a low convex crystal, having diamond-form needle, jewelled suspension, the frosted silvered rose with cardinals and intercardinals, the azimuth set to a contrasting flat silvered finish and marked to 360 degrees with stations at 10 and 20 degree intervals.

The whole contained within a silver drum form case with concave and ribbed bezels, engraved with the initials “STJ.”

A very unusual and most attractive instrument, certainly of French manufacture and probably by Maxant. The case lacks hallmarks, though it is undoubtedly silver.

Disassembled, cleaned and calibrated, the barometer/altimeter functions well, the  attitude ring turned by rotating the crown and the compass finds north easily. This is a really unusual and attractive pocket barometer compendium.

Dimensions: 1¾” diameter x ¾” deep

Stock No: CP0611

Price: £595

Image of French Silver Pocket Barometer & Compass c1895
Image of French Silver Pocket Barometer & Compass c1895
Image of French Silver Pocket Barometer Compendium c1895
IImage of French Silver Pocket Barometer Compendium c1895
Image of French Silver Pocket Barometer Compendium c1895
Image of French Silver Pocket Barometer Compendium c1895
Image of French Silver Pocket Barometer Compendium c1895





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