A truly remarkable and very rare barometer with clock by Carmen of which only one, or possibly two other examples are known to exist. One is in the Gloucester Museum with reference made to an identical example by Carman in English Barometers by Nicholas Goodison, page 308.The barometer rests on a six-tier mahogany plinth on top of which is a fluted column with a substantial cast Corinthian capital; above this is a beautifully executed brass capital on which the silvered dial of the barometer rests being 8½ inches in diameter and is inscribed with the usual barometer settings.Applied above the Corinthian capital is a silvered plaque inscribed with the makers name, Fecit Carman, London.A circular clock incorporating a watch movement has a silvered dial with black Roman numerals and is mounted on two finely cast and gilded dolphins in the centre of the barometer dial. The watch being wound by means of a knurled knob to the base.The mercury tube of the barometer is set within the Corinthian column and can be accessed by undoing small screws located in a brass plate at the top of the column.Overall height: 47 inches (96cms)Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below
Recorded as having made a ‘free-standing wheel barometer with an open dial above a Corinthian column’, circa 1840. Barometer Makers and Retailers 1660-1900 Edwin Banfield, 1991. Quite probably the one as recorded in Gloucester Museum.