Barometer (detail)

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probably made in London

Postcard of Barometer (detail).
© National Museums Scotland

Barometer (detail)

This is a detail of a barometer made around 1700, probably by Daniel Quare (1649-1724), a London-based scientific instrument maker and one of the most eminent clock- and watchmakers of his day.

The detail shows the register plates. They read 'Night/Morng'/[mercury] Rising/FAIR or Frost/DRY/Serene/VARIABLE/[mercury] Falling/Rain Snow/or Winds/RAINY/Stormy'. Below is the inscription: 'Invented And Made By/DANL QVARE./LONDON'.

In 1695, Quare was granted the first patent in Europe relating to the barometer construction. The design gave improved portability with an enclosed cistern and a construction at the head of the tube to reduce damage during transport.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-047-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1973.108
Date: Around 1700
c. 1700
What: Barometer
Subject: 10. METEOROLOGY (Departmental Classification)
Who: Daniel Quare, London (Maker)
Where: England, London
Description: Barometer by Daniel Quare, London, c. 1700
  • Goodison, Nicholas. English barometers 1680-1860: A history of domestic barometers and their makers and retailers. Woodbridge, Suffolk: 1977, pp 206-21 
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