George III Period mahogany stick barometer
by W & S Jones, London
This is a fine example of a late Georgian stick barometer by a noted London maker. The sweeping scroll cornice, long register plate, stepped cistern cover, and lack of a thermometer point to a date of just around 1800, supported by the fine and simple engraving. The case uses solid ebony mouldings and stringing on the cornice, around the register plate area, and down the front of the case. Figured mahogany veneer sets off the front of the case. Altogether a very elegant and understated example. There are minor restorations to the cornice mouldings and the old finish has been repolished.
William and Samuel Jones practiced in the Holborn Hill area of London from about 1787, when their father John died and left them the business, until about 1805, and later in the High Holborn area. They were very technically accomplished, William in his younger years having worked for both Benjamin Martin and George Adams. This instrument was probably made in the 1794-1805 period of their practice.
40 Inches high