Wheel Barometers

Georgian c1780 - 1830

The immense popularity of the mercury Wheel - or colloquially 'banjo' - Barometer is due entirely to the activities of Italian immigrant manufacturers, who settled in London, in growing numbers, from around 1780, producing instruments initially with a variety of decorative marquetry inlays and elaborately engraved dials.

Increased demand at the beginning of the 19th Century culminated in the very popular 'Sheraton style' Wheel Barometer with simpler, stereotyped [conch-shell and flower-head] decoration and usually bearing the provincial address of the retailer, the barometer usually having been made in London.

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Please note that the 2009 EU Mercury regulations DO NOT affect antique barometers in any way.
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