1950s Green Serpentine Soapstone Smiths Brass Effect Aneroid Barometer
A beautiful 1950s Green Serpentine Soapstone Smiths Brass Effect Aneroid Barometer. This compensated circular aneroid barometer is in very good condition, with no chips or cracks. It appears to be working but I’m not sure as to it’s accuracy. The brass colouration has slightly rubbed off in parts, including the barometer ‘hands.’
- Base diameter: 15.2cm (6″)
- Depth: 4.3cm (1.7″)
A wonderful looking barometer to complement any home décor!
Brit. Pat 589005
US pat 2605737
Shortland Smiths Instruments (SB)
The patent dates to 1945 and was filed by Puller Instruments, which were part of the Smith group, eventually including the iconic instrument maker ‘Kelvin and Hughes.’
S. Smith and Sons (England) Ltd comprised four divisions in the 1940s:-
- Smiths Motor Accessories
- Smiths Industrial Instruments
- Smiths Aircraft Instruments
- Smiths English Clocks
Cornish Serpentine Lizardite
The stone is Serpentine, a mineral rock comprising magnesium, iron and silicate. A common green form, ‘Lizardite,’ was named after it was found at ‘The Lizard, ‘ a peninsula in Cornwall, UK. It is also called ‘Cornish Serpentine and is still traditionally hand crafted by Cornish artisans to create a wealth of beautiful objects; from lighthouses to jewellery, and door stops to table lamp bases! Serpentine was at its most popular during Victorian times, particularly in the Kynance area of Cornwall. Today, only 5 craftsmen remain.
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