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Lot 135: Fine and rare Adie balloonists sympiesometer/barometer, circa 1830's the br
November 12, 2016
Stowmarket, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Fine and rare Adie balloonists sympiesometer/barometer, circa 1830's the brass case with a rotating cover and statistics/measurements engraved table, enclosing a silvered dial with mercury fathoms and barometer, engrave 'Patent A Adie, Edin, No 605, housed with the original leather case, 59cm high, the Adie sympiesometer was first patented 23rd December 1818, the earliest Aide number known is 383 this lot being an early number at 603. Alexander Adie is recorded in Goodison, Nicholas English BAROMETERS 1680-1860 as born 1774 and apprenticed to his uncle, the eminent Scottish instrument maker John Miller, in 1789. In 1804 his uncle took him into partnership under the name of Miller and Adie which continued until after Millers death in 1815. Adie was particularly interested in meteorological instruments and is perhaps best known as the inventor of the Sympiesometer in 1818. In recognition of his work he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1819. He was appointed optician to William IV and later Queen Victoria and took one of his sons, John, into partnership in 1835
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