The rectangular, break arch, gilt-brass hood has three turned finials, the side finials with ‘worm gear’ adjustment for the two scale indicators, the central extended finial with a hollow brass pipe to take the glass tube. The hood and box sides are line and foliate engraved, while the front signature box has a wheatear engraved border, signed Invented & Made by Danl. Quare London, the right side of the box is punch-stamped 58 on the rim. The brass hood has a small walnut backboard with symmetrical decorative ‘ears’, which is fitted with a brass loop for wall hanging. The typical columnar case of walnut with two turned brass collars dividing the three main walnut sections; leading up to the brass hood is the top section which is turned, fluted and tapered; with a Solomonic (twist) column in the middle and; a cistern cover to the base, shaped and with turned circular decoration. The removable walnut threaded bottom allows access to the tube and is fitted with an adjustable brass screw-knob for setting and ‘parking’ the mercury.
The glazed silvered register dial calibrated 28-31 in the normal manner and engraved with the various weather conditions, the left-hand referring to Winter and the right-hand to Summer. The sliding steel recording index pointers are adjusted, up-and-down, by turning the side finials, working via two internal worm-gears mounted behind.
Mallet, 1994, sold for £30,000;
N. Goodison, English Barometers and Their Makers 1680-1860, Woodbridge, 1977, p.206-221;
Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.261-312 and
38½ inches (978 mm)
Daniel Quare, London, No.58. Circa 1710
A fine and rare Queen Anne Type III walnut and gilt-brass mounted pendent and portable pillar barometer