Lot 7
  • 7

A George III mahogany stick barometer, Edward Nairne & Thomas Blunt, London, circa 1780

2,000 - 3,000 GBP
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  • Mahogany, oak, mercury, brass, glass
  • overall height 124cm. 4ft. 1in.
concealed bayonet tube, silvered scale signed Nairne & Blunt, London, vernier, alcohol thermometer with Fahrenheit scale, hygrometer, the case with arched top and half-turned cistern cover; contained in an oak wall case with architectural top and glazed door

Catalogue Note

Edward Nairne, 1726-1806, was a scientific instrument maker working at 20 Cornhill, London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1776. Thomas Blunt was apprenticed to Edward Nairne in 1760 and became his business partner in 1773, trading as Nairne & Blunt. The partnership lasted until 1793 by which time Blunt's son had joined the business at 22 Cornhill. Blunt became instrument maker to King George III.