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Mahogany stick barometer

Mahogany and brass

Height: 97.5 cm
Width: 9cm
Depth: 6.5cm

Museum number: L95

Curatorial note

By Samuel Rehe (fl. 1770-1792), London. c.1780, mahogany and brass: the arched case with moulded pediment, thumbnail mouldings flanking the trunk, the open cistern with vase-shaped cover, the silvered and engraved register plates with French and English inscriptions and measurement: English inches 27-31 on the left (Fair, Change, Rain) divided in decimals and French inches 25-29 on right (Beau Tems, Variable, Pluie) divided in 12 lignes; twin Vernier scales adjusted from below; signed S. Rehe London above the brass tube cap.

Samuel Rehe, a mathematical instrument maker, was working in Shoe Lane, London between 1770 and 1792. Soane owned this barometer by 6 June 1791 when his Office Day Book records ‘A person from Mr. Rehe called & took with him the Barometer to be repaired’. It still hangs where Soane probably installed it when he moved into No 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields in 1812, on the left-hand end of the bookcase to the right of the north window of his Dining Room, where it can be seen in views dated 1822 and 1825. On 27 July 1796 Soane paid ‘S. Rehe for a Thermometer £1.1s’. Rehe also seems to have worked directly for Soane as a metalworker on at least one occasion: on 19 May 1792 Samuel Rehe was paid £18 for ‘a model of brass for the roof with iron rafters, pillars and fretwork, etc.’ over Soane’s Bank Stock Office. This model does not survive.


N. Goodison, English Barometers 1680-1860, London, 1977, p.352.

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