Antique Victorian Fisherman's Aneroid Marine Barometer by Dollond of London & Issued by The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). ALL OUR CONTACT INFORMATION IS LISTED UNDER. The barometer dial is marked with the weather condition and is also marked in red letters'FISHERMANS ANEROID BAROMETER' and in black with. ISSUED BY THE ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTE N.
This barometer is in superb original condition. The history of this type of barometer is that only two companies namely Negretti & Zambra & Dollond of London were regarded of sufficient quality and standards to produce this particular design of barometers which was to be used on fishing boats towards the end of the century. The full history of Dolland of London is listed under'Garce's Guide to British Industrial History' but summary the company was set up in by Peter Dolland in Hatton Garden in 1750, which was such a sucess that his father John Dollond joined him in 1752. In 1758 John Dolland's invention of the achromatic lens led to him being awarded the Copley Medal by The Royal Society. Following this success, John Dollond and his son moved to The Strand and in 1761 he was appointed optician to George III and the Duke of York.
Family ownership of the buisness continued after Johns death in 1804. The Dollond name continued to be associated with Royalty and in 1820 Peter and George Huggins (Peter Dollonds nephew) were jointly made opticians to George IV. In 1851 they won a Great Exhibition Medal for instruments for recording meteorological information on a strip of paper namely the barographs.
It is still in existence today as the optician Dollond & Aitchison, having been acquired by James Aitchison in 1927. This is a rare early example of this highly sought after marine aneroid barometer because this is one of the initial barometers issued by the RNLI to fishermen free of charge. These were produced with unpainted zinc cases and plain brass bezels.
The dial being marked'ISSUED BY THE ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTE' whereas later instruments marked As Issued By. THE ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTE. It is understood that these later ones were made with painted metal or oak cases.
This is a superb example of an aneroid barometer from one of the highest quality makers of scientific instruments during the nineteenth century and is a rare find in such original condition. 6.25 inches / 16 cm diameter across the case EXCLUDING mounting plates. 5 inches / 12.5 cm. With regards to age the barometer is Victorian. This is a lovely barometer in superb original condition.
The dial is in perfect condition. The glass is original and is in superb condition just odd very small marks / scratches commensurate with age. The barometer is in perfect working order and the case in in lovely condition. For collection in person, cash on collection.Unless prior arrangements have been made all items to be collected within 14 days. The item "Antique Dollond London Fisherman's RNLI Issued Marine Aneroid Barometer No 2267" is in sale since Thursday, February 15, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Science/Medicine\Scientific Instruments".
The seller is "cgfclocks" and is located in Near Tarporley, Cheshire. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.