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George & Charles Dixey - London. Early 19th Century mahogany Stick Barometer

c 1825
Very fine quality early 19th Century mahogany Stick Barometer in essentially original condition. The 'swan-neck' pediment over engraved silvered brass register plate, signed by the maker, with “late Fraser”, bearing rack-and-pinion operated vernier slide, and protected by glazed cover. The trunk, veneered in well patinated 'flame' mahogany, banded in ebony, inset with large mercury Fahrenheit thermometer, and with original concealed barometer tube terminating within turned cistern cover.

A partnership between the twin sons of Edward Dixey, spanning the years 1821-38, whose premises and business, at 3 New Bond St., they acquired from the eminent instrument maker, William Fraser. On the death of George in 1838, the firm continued to prosper under Charles’ sole proprietorship until 1862, securing numerous Royal warrants.
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