This is a bit of a mystery barometer! The lower two thirds are firmly in the camp of 1760-1780, but the top one third is much more like 1880. The top few inches of the backboard, the scale, door, and top pediment have all been replaced, quite probably after some disaster. However, the lower part, comprising the plinth with an oval fan inlay and feet, like a tall case clock, surmounted by the body of the case of figured mahogany with an exceptional nautilus shell inlay, and quarter columns to the sides - these are clearly 18th century. An opportunity to purchase a rare and desirable 18 th century stick barometer for less than half it might otherwise be.
The name on the paper plate - Barraclough of Thornton (England) - offers no clue.
Maximum dimensions: 37" x 6"
Date : 1760 / 1880