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Daniel Delander barometer
Following his pioneering work to create the first ever
replica of John Harrison’s oldest clock (circa 1713),
antiques specialist Matthew King has now recreated the
unique and iconic barometer built by the esteemed 18th
century London clockmaker, Daniel Delander.
“I’m extremely pleased with the finished barometer and
delighted to hear about the pleasure it is giving the new
owner,” said Matthew. “Despite my decades of working with
clocks and furniture pieces, the learning never stops! Passing on skills and knowledge is something I seek to do in my
work. Creating this barometer replica is my way of restoring
those traditional methods for future clockmakers.”
The Delander barometer is an opulent instrument for
measuring atmospheric pressure to help predict weather
conditions. The replica that Matthew has created is an
authentic representation of the sadly disappeared original,
which was the only one of its type to have been made.
Matthew has over three decades of experience working
on period clock cases and important furniture pieces, and
a wealth of expert contacts that he works with to complete large projects like the Harrison clock replica and the
Delander barometer. He is currently working on another
barometer replica in his workshop which is available to
Matthew worked on this commission in his Surreyworkshop and it took several years to fully complete.
Committed to following the historic crafts processes
familiar to Delander in the 18th Century, Matthew took
all his direction from the two single images he had of the
original to keep at as true to the original as possible.
For more information or to get in touch with Matthew,
please visit www.timetravellerclocks.com.
“It is important to me that cultural heritage such as this
rare barometer is preserved for future generations,” said
Matthew King, director of Time Traveller Clocks.
“Conserving an object is often a challenge, however
replicating a completely lost object is a considerably
The barometer comprises both wooden structures
adorned with ebony veneers, silver inlay and mounts. All
the mounts needed to be designed and modelled before
moulds could be made to then allow the mounts to be
cast, so Matthew’s calculations needed to be precise for
this. The two Corinthian column capitals are built from
three separate castings to create the open and delicate
details of scrolls and acanthus leaves.
The replica was created for a client who had seen the
original barometer in a magazine and been previously
impressed by Matthew’s achievements.
“The craftsmanship of this barometer is so wonderful,”
said the Time Traveller Clocks client. “The proportions
are perfect, the drama of ebony contrasting with silver is
striking, and the appearance is so like one of Delander's
pieces. Matthew’s devotion to finalise this complex
restoration is extremely impressive.
“The piece is in pride of place on the wall and I love to
check the level every morning to predict the upcoming
weather. Historical accuracy, attention to detail and excellent communication are hallmarks of any Time Traveller Clocks project.”
Picture, Matthew King Daniel Delander barometer - Brian Pearce Photography
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