The bow-fronted mahogany case with carved reeded domed top and cistern cover.
Finely engraved silvered brass register plate signed A.J. Adie, Edinburgh. The single vernier adjusted by a brass turn screw to the top.
Private collection U.K.
Edwin Banfield, Barometers, Stick or Cistern Tube, 1985, Nicholas Goodison, English Barometers, 1680-1860, 1985.
Alexander Adie, Edinburgh
A good Regency bow-fronted mahogany stick barometer. Circa 1820
Born in 1775 and at the age of fourteen was apprenticed to his uncle John Miller, one of the leading eighteenth-century Scottish instrument makers. Their partnership of Miller and Adie began in 1804 and although Miller died in 1815, the business continued under the same name until 1822.
Adie’s main focus was on meteorological instruments and his improved air barometer, known as the sympiesometer, obtained British Patent No. 4323 in 1818. As a result of this and his other research, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1819. He was appointed optician to William IV and Queen Victoria.
He went into partnership with his son John under the name Adie & Son in 1835 and the business was extended to Liverpool and London by his other sons, Richard and Patrick.