Learn about Barometer

The barometer is an instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure. The pressure indicated can aid in predicting short term weather.

There are two main types of barometer in use, the mercury barometer, which can either be in the form of a "stick" or a "wheel", and the aneroid barometer, a later invention and most commonly available.

Italian Evangelista Torricelli, an associate of Galileo, is generally credited with inventing the mercury barometer in 1643. Galileo suggested to Evangelista Torricelli that he use mercury in his vacuum experiments.

A mercury barometer has a glass tube with a height of at least 84 cm, closed at one end, with an open mercury-filled reservoir at the base. The weight of the mercury creates a vacuum in the top of the tube. Mercury in the tube adjusts until the weight of the mercury column balances the atmospheric force exerted on the reservoir. more...
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A George III mahogany stick barometer by J. Hicks of London, the glazed arched top enclosing the barometer with ivory panels detailed in black, conforming barometer below, glass absent and minor attention required, bulbous base. Length 93.5 cm

A George IV mahogany barometer, English, first half 19th century. 98 cm high

A George III Chinoiserie lacquered stick barometer tapering cylindrical body with twist turned panel, gilded floral motif and Chinoiserie scene to base, etched brass dial, 91 cm in long

Georgian banjo barometer, c. 1790, mahogany case with pearwood inlaid banding by 'Chas. Noseda, Wincanton', height 99 cm, width 25 cm

A Georgian banjo barometer. Maker: J Slutter 8 Symon Street Chelsea circa 1840. Shaped surround set with central circular glass topped barometer and ivory adjusting knop, below a thermometer and circular hydrometer. 94 cm high

C 1910 oak cased aneroid barometer. Large barometer and thermometer marked with retailer H. E. Finch, George St. Sydney. Functional. Height 80 cm

A Georgian inlaid mahogany Scottish banjo. Barometer, c.1820's, makers stamp: F. Vago, Glasgow, with silvered metal dial, central circular mirror, mercury thermometer. Height 99 cm

Georgian mahogany wall hung barometer inlaid with satin wood featuring a scrolled pediment, with removable hygrometer gauge, removable temperature gauge with range from freezing to blood heat, a mirrored panel with ribbed timber surround & large brass main

A good Sheraton Revival banjo barometer, the mahogany body with shell, star and fine border inlays, the silvered dials with Arabic numerals, named 'Harrison's Opticians, The Arcades, Birmingham'. Length 99 cm

L Balerna of Halifax wall barometer. Sheraton Revival marquetry inlaid case. Height 95 cm

A very rare mahogany cased aneroid barocyclonometer or 'Typhoon barometer'. Schmidt and Ziegler, Remscheid, to a design by Jose Algue, Manila, early 20th century, tbox opening to reveal Faura pattern aneroid barometer with 6 inch circular silvered register

A Regency mahogany banjo Barometer, the trunk with a silvered scale thermometer below a 'Dry-Damp' dial, above a small convex mirror and main silvered dial, with an ivory handle to move the recording hands, the lower dial marked J. Spelzini, 91 Leather Lan

A George III-style mahogany-cased wheel Barometer, early to mid-20th century, of typical form with a pedimented top above the silvered thermometer and dial in a shaped case, cross-banded, decoratively inlaid, and with ebony and boxwood stringing throughout

A George IV mahogany-cased wheel barometer, 1820s, the trunk with a pedimented top above the later alcohol thermometer by G.H. Zeal, London, and the silvered dial signed P. Caminada with a glazed moulded brass bezel, the trunk with shells and flower head i

An English mahogany cased wall barometer. Marker George Allen of Bath

George III mahogany banjo barometer by Hennessey of Swansea with swan neck pediment and silvered dials

A Georgian banjo barometer, circa 1840, the shaped surround set with central circular glass topped barometer and ivory adjusting knop below a thermometer and circular hydrometer. Length 112 cm.

A George III giltwood mercury barometer/thermometer by brown of Ipswich, the silvered dial and thermometer within a classically carved giltwood case93 cm high

A fine George III mahogany and ivory mounted banjo barometer English, by Emilio Zuccani, London 100 cm

A late George IV banjo rosewood barometer, with a satinwood stringing and a silvered dial with a thermometer

A Georgian stick barometer, enclosed by a glazed rectangular door below a domed top with an open tube to a turned cistern cover

A Regency stick barometer, maker W. Dicksey of London, the silvered scale with venire and thermometer, engraved W Dicksey of London, enclosed by a glazed rectangular door below a broken pediment, the feather and line inlaid stem with open tube to a turned

Fine quality George III Sheraton inlaid wall hanging banjo-style 'Barometer'. Length 96 cm. Width 25 cm

A Georgian mahogany stick barometer, by J. Barbon, English, early 19th century 96 cm high

A Georgian inlaid mahogany stick barometer by Thomas Lynn, London 100 cm high

A Regency mahogany stick barometer, maker Anthony Gatty, Reading, UK, the mahogany case with broken pediment and acorn finial surmount, the glazed door protecting silvered scale with vernier and mercury thermometer, the edges of casing has ebony and boxwoo

Francis Barnascon, George III mahogany boxwood strung wheel barometer, having a brass acorn finial and swan neck pediment; leading to an everted cornice selection of dials and a convex mirror with an ebonised circular mount, and ivory button. Length 100 cm

A George III mahogany mercury barometer, 25 cm silvered dial, with thermometer, hygrometer and bubble level, the ogee top case with similarly shaped base

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