Forrest & Son, Glasgow, Scotland, "Patented Combined Barometer and Showcard", reverse painted and gilt glass reading "Taddy & Co.'s 'Orbit' Brand Tobacco" in a molded frame with narrow shelf along bottom edge and shaped pediment with trademark monogram, the integrated aneroid barometer with enamel dial reading the same as the glass with horizontally mounted mercury thermometer showing the temperature in Fahrenheit
CONDITION: wood frame with minor dings, small losses around the edge of the bottom shelf, black paint and gilding are good, white paint on glass is flaking badly, screw hole in bottom center, very nice rear paper label, barometer dial is good, thermometer good. Taddy & Co. was a seller of tobacco, and one of the most important in Britain by the end of the 19th century. During the 1890s Taddy & Co. became well known for their cigarette trading cards which remain highly collectible. Taddy's "Orbit" pipe tobacco which was introduced in 1893.
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1500
PRICE SOLD: $550
DIMENSIONS: 39in x 13in x 3.5in
J. Somalvico & Son, London, a rosewood stick barometer, the base with turned, hemispherical cistern cover, the column with mounted thermometer showing fahrenheit and centigrade scales, and the domed, bullnose molded top with signed ivory barometric scale and set indicator, the case back also with Somalvico watch paper style label
CONDITION: in a good, old finish with some fading and minor losses, thermometer good, barometer scale glass missing, scales good, barometer cistern with leak, most of the mercury evacuated from column. Note to non U.S. bidders: the presence of ivory and rosewood in this lot will require a CITES permit for export. All permit applications, fees and arrangements required to secure an export permit will be the sole responsibility of the winning bidder. The presence of mercury in this lot will require the winning bidder or a buyer's agent to pick up the item at the auction, or make arrangements to collect it from the Schmitt - Horan offices
ESTIMATE: $700 - $900
PRICE SOLD: $325
DIMENSIONS: 36.25in x 4in x 3.25in
England, a mid 19th century stick barometer, the mahogany and mahogany veneer case, square, chamfered base containing the cistern with applied, carved ears and bottom, and with carved, four petal cistern cover and turned roundel cap, the tume rising through a mahogany veneered mid section with flanking, molded oval mirrors, the arched, molded top with carved and punch decorated crest, beveled glass, ivory barometer scales and set indicators, adjusted by two setting squares below the display
CONDITION: in an old and possibly original finish, with dirt and minor losses, cistern cover broken, but all parts are present, corners of moldings at top with minor misalignment and gaps, crest loose, minor break and veneer blistering and loss below crest, glass good, scales dirty but otherwise good, one scale adjusting pinion missing, arch above scales may originally had a maker or retailer's name, column filled with mercury. Note to non U.S. bidders: the presence of ivory in this lot will require a CITES permit for export. All permit applications, fees and arrangements required to secure an export permit will be the sole responsibility of the winning bidder. The presence of mercury in this lot will require the winning bidder or a buyer's agent to pick up the item at the auction, or make arrangements to collect it from the Schmitt - Horan office.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $450
DIMENSIONS: 47.5in x 11.5in x 3.75in
Joseph Davis & Co., London, a Royal Polytechnic Barometer, oak case with rectilinear base and round top with simple carving surrounding a brass bezel, and applied, carved ornament at top, the lower case containing fahrenheit and centigrade thermometers mounted to boxwood scales, below "Admiral Fitzroy's Special; remarks" printed on glossy yellow card stock, and exposed mercury filled J tube extending into the upper case, with round, printed card dial having barometer scales, set indicators and pivoted hands controlled by two turned knobs below the barometer dial, the hands registering on peripheral sector scales, which indicate expected conditions based on the position of the set indicators
CONDITION: case in an old finish. a bit dirty, thermometers good, Fitzroy's Remarks with minor staining at bottom, set knobs replaced, one broken, bezel and glass replaced, barometer dial with minor marks and scratches, indicators functional, J tube with mercury, back now painted black. The presence of mercury in this lot will require the winning bidder or a buyer's agent to pick up the item at the auction, or make arrangements to collect it from the Schmitt - Horan office.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $350
DIMENSIONS: 41in x 12.5in x 2.75in
England, and Admiral Fitzroy barometer, rectilinear oak case with glazed front and paper scale, exposed J tube, thermometer and storm glass, the scales printed within lancet arches with Gothic foils, and instructions for interpreting the readings
CONDITION: in an old refinish, barometer indicators missing, mercury with air pockets, thermometer good, storm glass dry. The presence of mercury in this lot will require the winning bidder or a buyer's agent to pick up the item at the auction, or make arrangements to collect it from the Schmitt - Horan office.
ESTIMATE: $200 - $300
PRICE SOLD: $125
DIMENSIONS: 37in x 8.25in x 2.5in
Barometers- 3 (Three) for restoration including a large German wheel barometer in ornately carved walnut case with silvered dial and thermometer scales, an English stick barometer by Newton & Co., Fleet St., London in an oak case with thermometer and an Admiral Fitzroy in oak, incomplete
CONDITION: German needs new tube and the others need tubes refilled. German is 59" x 20" x 5" with a break in top right ear. English is 31" x 8" x 3".
ESTIMATE: $200 - $400
PRICE SOLD: $350
Barometers- 5 (Five): (1) Stanley, London, Surveying Aneroid, compensated pocket barometer in a brass case with silvered dial and integrated magnifying glass; (2) Taylor Instrument Companies, Rochester, NY, pocket barometer compensated for temperature with a silvered dial; (3) Pertuis Hulot Bourgeois Naudet (PHBN), France, holosteric barometer for the English market with integrated mercury thermometer with Fahrenheit scale, 4.5 inch silvered dial; (4) Unknown, aneroid barometer with 7 inch silvered dial in English, two horizontally opposed Fahrenheit thermometers, one mercury and one alcohol; (5) Negretti & Zambra, Croydon, England, "Precision Aneroid Barometer MK.2", 900-1050mb range, type No. M2236, accepting "D" cell battery with sticker from the Royal Observatory in Hong Kong, in a fitted wood box.
CONDITION: Dimensions are for the Negretti & Zambra box (5) Sold "as is".
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $225
DIMENSIONS: 9in x 7in x 6in