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John RUSSELL, Falkirk

A fine rare later 18th century mahogany stick barometer with cistern tube by John Russell, Falkirk circa 1785



The mahogany case edged with chequered string inlay decoration with  broken pediment over a hinged door and trunk terminating in an oval cistern cover. The reeded column with brass Corinthian column and base protects the glass tube. The arched silvered dial surmounted by a hygrometer dial over a mercury centigrade thermometer and a 27-31inch scale with seven weather predictions.

  • Height: 42ins (107cm)

John RUSSELL (1745-1817) was one of the most famous Scottish barometer, clock and watchmakers of his time.  He was appointed Watchmaker to the Prince of Wales in 1811. There are three Russell barometers in the Royal Collection including one which according to an account in The Edinburgh Evening Courant of 6 July 1812 states,’ On Monday Mr. Russell of Falkirk, waited on this Royal Highness at Carlton House, when he had the honour of deliverying a superb gold chronometer of his making, according to R H gracious order…..’ There is an invoice from Russell in the Royal Archives for a chronometer and two barometers for £153 6s.

Literature ref: Nicholas Goodison, English barometers 1680-1860 and Royal Collection Trust


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