Edward Nairne, London. c.1765.
A fine early example of a Georgian mahogany stick barometer by the eminent maker Edward Nairne of London. The shallow angled architectural pediment fitted above the edge moulded case with exposed tube is herring bone veneered in figured Cuban mahogany of good colour. The boldly turned elongated cistern cover is typical of mid 18th century barometers and earlier which helps date this particular to c.1765.
The silvered brass scale plate is well engraved with a scale reading 27" - 31" and weather indications and signed 'Nairne, London'.
Edward Nairne, 1726-1806. He was apprenticed to the optician Matthew Loft in 1741 and established his own business at 20 Cornhill in London after Loft's death in 1748. In 1774 he took his apprentice Thomas Blunt into partnership, a relationship that lasted until 1793 when Blunt opened his own shop at 22 Cornhill.
Edward Nairne was one of the best-known London barometer and scientific instrument makers in the second half of the 18th century in 1773 Nairne invented a special marine barometer with a narrow guage tube to contain any violent movements of the mercury. See 'English Barometers 1680-1860' by Nicholas Goodison p.186-189.