Silver pocket barometer with finely engraved and silvered 2” dial signed “J. Hicks, Maker,” “London,” no. “9970” and “Compensated,” having twin scales representing 0-15,000 feet and 18-31 inches of mercury. Fine blued-steel pointer, rotating bezel with fine index marker, bevelled crystal. First quality, single capsule, lacquered brass and steel movement. Blued-steel hairspring and set screws. Offset cock and bimetallic temperature compensation.
Fine silver, open dial case with hallmarks “ATO” for Albert Thomas Oliver, date letter “r” for 1912, and “London.” Silver pillar with hallmarks “CH” for Charles Hatchman and “m” for 1907, with pinned silver-hallmarked suspension loop. Contained within its original plum velvet and silk lined, moroccan leather covered presentation case with padded top and retailer’s cartouche in gold block to lid.
This instrument represents the best in terms of quality of making, the provision of a fine English silver case setting it aside from the great majority. Clearly little used and remaining in fine original condition with light surface marks and a few scratches to side of silver case. The original leather case in very fine condition.
This silver pocket barometer is a fine example of this great maker’s work, serviced, inspected and in good working order.
Albert Thomas Oliver was a silversmith working in Clerkenwell, London, and specialising in gold and silver watch cases, from 1903 onwards, continuing the business of Richard James Oliver.
Charles Hatchman was a London-based silversmith and maker of watch cases, working from 1867 onwards. The most recent work recorded by Hatchman is dated 1874, but we have two examples showing his silver maker’s mark with date letters for 1907 and 1909.
Dimensions: 3½” wide x 4¼” deep x 1¼” high
Stock No: PB0900