Part of a travelling set which includes a sundial. The barometer scales are in inches and millimetres. Marked around the outside STORMY, RAIN, CHANGE, FAIR, VERY DRY. There is a monogram within the scale which may be that of the maker (JE?). The centre of the dial is cut away to reveal the barometer mechanism. There is a blued needle pointer. The upper section of the barometer case rotates so that a small needle attached to the edge can be moved to mark the current weather. The whole travelling set comes in a black leather case with decorated vellum lid carrying the motto 'Crux Christi Nostra Corona' [the cross of Christ is our crown] and 'Souviens Toi, de moi' [remember me]. Monogram (BFH), a coat of arms (blue with gold chevron and gold three squares with diagonals marked) and a spray of blue flowers. Panel is coloured yellow and is decorated in red, blue, gold, green and brown. Inside the case is lined with yellow silk in the lid and rather worn green velvet in the base. Two circular depressions house the barometer and sundial; narrown rectangular depression for the spirit level. Push-button clasp. Although it has a French motto the markings on the barometer and dial are in English. The style of the bird gnomon on the dial is French, while English compasses were certainly used widely across the continent during the 19th century. The instrument was made by a French maker, but it is possible that it was intended for an English owner, given the English markings on the barometer.

Object Details

ID: AST0145
Type: Barometer
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Date made: 19th century
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 15 x 55 mm
Parts: Horizontal dial

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