Barometer purchase

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  1. Bruce Barnes

    Bruce Barnes Registered User

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    Hi, I trust everyone had a great Thanksgiving and is looking forward to Christmas..............\I recently purchased this huge barometer, 14.25 in diameter and 4.50 in in depth,the finish is either nickel or silver plated,not sure yet.
    I know there are a lot of clock collectors on the board that are also interested in ancillary items such as this.
    If anyone has a clue to its end use and how to rejoin the mercury in the thermometer your advice would be appreciated.
    Regards,
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  2. ClipClock

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    I've never seen a barometer quite like it, love the fancy bezel. What a handsome thing! It has the look of silver plate to me, but I'm just guessing
     
  3. jmclaugh

    jmclaugh Registered User

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    A lovely barometer, it is most likely silver plate but it should have some sort of mark on it.

    Sir John Bennett Ltd was formed in 1889 and I understand the business closed in the late 1920s and the shop in Cheapside was sold with the facade decorations ending up in the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The name may have been used subsequently by others.
     
  4. Bruce Barnes

    Bruce Barnes Registered User

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    Thanks Gentlemen for your thoughts and observations,I shall look for a hallmark or other bits of info. I haven't opened yet so there may be info inside of the case,it weighs a "ton" !! I am under the impression that Sir John was a high end shop and catered to the more affluent.
    Regards,
    Bruce
     
  5. Bruce Barnes

    Bruce Barnes Registered User

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    Hi. just a quick update......I know some of you collect old barometers and as I said before just couldn't pass this one up. I rejoined the mercury in the thermometer and it is very accurate and serviced the barometer and it also is very accurate. Cleaned the case, bezel and then polished them and they results were quite good.
    Here are the "after" photo's.
    Regards, Bruce

    Bennett 4.jpg Bennett #5.jpg
     
  6. senhalls

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    Very pretty instrument. If you needed a curved thermometer or even a straight one, is anyone doing such custom work today ?
     
  7. Bruce Barnes

    Bruce Barnes Registered User

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    Sadly the only way to get a curved thermometer,especially one with mercury, is from a surveyed instrument and trust me I have looked for a long time so if you have one treat it with "kid gloves".
    Bruce
     

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