A very good, rare and impressive, antique, lacquered brass 8” aneroid barometer by J Hicks, 8, 9 & 10 Hatton Garden, London, with original carved oak display stand, c1890
Large barometer with engraved and silvered 8” dial, the upper portion marked "Stormy," "Rain," "Change," "Fair" and "Very Dry," and having full barometric scale from 26-31 inches of mercury, scaled to 10th inch. The centre embellished with hand-engraved motif. The lower portion signed by the maker “J. Hicks, 8, 9 & 10, Hatton Garden, London,” further marked “Compensated.” Fine blued-steel pointer, gilt brass index set to heavy bevelled glass. Turned pillar with large suspension ring. First quality compensated movement with single 2¾” capsule. The rear case with compensation adjustment port and screw set at 3 o’clock. Presented upon its original, well-executed, carved oak stand with floral theme, having good colour and lustre.
The exceptional dial in near-perfect condition, minor loss to extreme edge, the glass chip-free with very minor marks only, the brass case damage-free and retaining a high proportion of original finish with excellent colour, the sensitive movement cleaned and serviced, in excellent working order and condition, and with good progression. The fine English oak stand damage-free, retaining most original lacquer polish.
This is a rare find - such large barometers in this condition and by this maker are very seldom encountered. It has great presence and wonderful aesthetics, quite apart from its obvious credentials from one of the finest English manufacturers. Having been dismantled, inspected and serviced, it remains in absolutely original condition.
James Joseph Hicks is recorded in Banfield, Edwin Barometers Makers and Retailers, 1660-1900 as working from 8 Hatton Garden from 1861-1884 and 8, 9 & 10 Hatton Garden, London from 1885 onwards, though other sources cite the date of expansion as 1878.