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A George III mahogany stick barometer, Edward Nairne, London circa 1785

2,000 - 3,000 GBP
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  • 99cm., 39in. high
exposed tube, engraved scale with vernier and signed 'Nairne, London', the rear indistinctly inscribed in ink 'Sir Lucas Pepys'


Inventory 1880, recorded in Bedroom 10


Scale very dirty and would benefit from re-silvering. Tube contains a little mercury but will need to be thoroughly cleaned and re-filled. Case in unrestored condition, moulding lifting to right side, some damage to sides of upper section, cistern cover cracked.
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Catalogue Note

Sir Lucas Pepys was born in London in 1742. After Eton and Oxford he became a Fellow of the College of Physicians in 1775. In 1777 he was appointed physician extraordinary to the King in 1777 and was created a baronet in 1784. He attended King George III in his severe illnesses of 1788 and 1789 and in 1794 he became physician-general to the army.  He died in 1830. His daughter, Harriet, married William Courtenay, 10th Earl of Devon, in 1804.