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An early Victorian mahogany banjo barometer of impressive size

c.1845, with broken arch pediment, damp/dry dial, mercury thermometer and convex mirror to the trunk above a large silvered 10½” (27cm) main register signed Emery Churcher, the spirit level signed M.Fatorini, Chichester. H.1170mm. Provenance: Captain Clayton Matthew Thomas (1831-1922) by descent to our vendor. Clayton is renowned for his maritime paintings. After a distinguished career serving in a number of ships, including commanding the ‘Kent’ and the ‘City of Brisbane’ he settled in Auckland in 1864, appointed nautical assessor in the inquiry into the loss of S.S. Tauranga in 1871 and as a Surveyor for Lloyds in 1875.

Realised: $450