47 inches (1194 mm)
The ‘royal’ pattern mahogany veneered case with a gilt ‘Prince of Wales feather’ finial and rope-twist border mounts. The top section inset with a black and gilt verre églomisé glass panel depicting trailing leaves and scrolls framing the thermometer, with a further matching verre églomisé panel of thistles below the circular dial bezel.
The large circular gilt-highlighted and white painted dial, framed by aconcave gilded bezel, with two subsidiary indexes and signed across the centre J. Russell, Falkirk INV.T ET FECIT, WATCHMAKER to his R:H the PRINCE REGENT, with finely pierced and counter-balanced blued steel hands. The silvered mercury thermometer register with three scales for Reaumer, Fahrenheit and Royal Society, signed vertically at the bottom right Jno. Russell Falkirk.
Anthony Woodburn, 2000, sold for £105,000;
Goodison, English Barometers 1680-1860: A History of Domestic Barometers and their Makers, 1977, p.233-235, plates 160-162;
John Russell, Falkirk. Circa 1812
A very fine George III gilt-brass mounted mahogany ‘royal’ pattern wheel barometer with triple scaled thermometer