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Pillar barometer
    • Setting:
      Room IX
    • Maker:
      Daniel Quare
    • Place:
    • Date:
      early 18th cent.
    • Materials:
      wood, brass, ivory
    • Dimensions:
      height 985 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Pillar barometer (Inv. 1136)

Elegant cistern barometer placed in an ebony column mounted on a tripod. The top of the barometric tube is housed in a decorated brass compartment with a glass front. Behind the glass are two silvered metal barometric scales, divided into English inches and bearing inscriptions in Spanish. Two recording pointers sliding along the scales are moved by two of the three finials inserted at the top of the glazed compartment. The cistern, in the quadrangular base, is made of wood with a leather bottom. The instrument, made by Daniel Quare, closely resembles item inv. 1135.