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An attractive Victorian wall thermometer. The mahogany case, with a double lipped mould to the edges of the rectangular case with a shaped mahogany top piece for hanging on the wall, has a flat glass front.
The silvered brass register plate signed for the makers ‘Carpenter & Westley, 24 Regent Strt, London’ has a Fahrenheit scale with written explanations from Freezing to Fever Heat on the right.
Total height: 17″ (43.5 cm.)
Thermometer height: 14″ (35.5 cm.)
Width: 2.5″ (6 cm.)
Carpenter & Westley are noted as barometer makers and retailers in both Birmingham and London. In London they worked from 24 Regent Street between 1838 and the beginning of the 20th century. The original proprietor was Philip Carpenter and it is noted that they exhibited at the Great Exhibition 1851.
Philip Carpenter was working from the same Regent Street premises from 1827 and it was not until 1838 that the name of the business changed to Carpenter & Westley, presumably on the formation of a new partnership.