An early 2 dial mercury wheel barometer of dark mahogany veneer on pine, with a round top, and the word "changeable" at 12 o'clock. Beautiful fan inlays; a long round bulb alcohol thermometer; chequer edge stringing and horizontal veneer to the sides. Notice too, how close the brass bezel is to the edge of the case; another sign of "early".
The 8" main dial is beautifully engraved with the name and address of the maker....what self-promotion! Just needed his email ! J. Testi & Co., No. 45 Great Saffron Hill, London, are not recorded in the books on barometer makers, but J. Testi of 44 Saffron Hill (1790-1810), and Joseph Teste of 45 Saffron Hill (1810-1830), and several other variations of Testi and Teste are shown with similar dates. This barometer dates to pre 1803 because of its general style and the use of "changeable".
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Date : c.1800