An extremely rare and important mid 18th century walnut barometer by John Hallifax of Barnsley, of distinctive long case clock shape, having a clock hood top with brass finials and glazed arched dial with a silvered chapter ring and brass spandrels and engraved dial centre, with typical pierced steel hands, the arch with a silvered disc signed, ‘Jno Hallifax, Barnsley, Invt & Fecit’, flanked by turned columns above a waisted body, crossbanded and strung; having a circular central recording dial of patinated silvered brass with similar hands, terminating in a stepped, moulded base.
Only a small number of barometers by Hallifax have survived and are generally in distinguished collections like The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the former collection of Percival Griffiths, Noel Terry and Irwin Untermyer, to name but a few. All of them share the same distinctive long case clock outline, and they vary only in minor detail or size.
Note: This important barometer survives in excellent condition and has acquired an outstanding patina.
R. W. Symonds, English Furniture from Charles II to George II, London, 1929, p.255, fig.213.
Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, vol. I London, 1954, p.31, fig.14. Yvonne Hackenbroch, English Furniture with some Furniture of Other Countries in the Irwin Untermyer Collection, London, 1958, p.120, fig.35.
Nicholas Goodison, English Barometers 1680-1860, revised edition, 1985, pp.157-159.
Edwin Banfield, Barometers, Wheel or Banjo, Trowbridge, 1985, p.18 fig.14.
Peter Brown, Noel Terry Collection of Furniture and Clocks, York, 1987, p.10.
‘Antique Collector’, June 1966, Charles Lumb & Sons., trade advertisement.
Charles Lumb & Sons Ltd., Harrogate, 1966.
Private collection, England.
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