An antique Victorian sterling silver castle top desk thermometer.
Maker : Joseph Willmore
Hallmarked for Birmingham 1839
Approximate dimensions : 90mm x 55mm
The castle top range of high quality silver souvenirs were produced in the 2nd quarter of the 19th century arising from the growing interest in tourist travel with the advent of the railways.The souvenirs were engraved with scenes of popular British landmarks.This silver desk thermometer depicts the scene of Abbotsford House – built and lived in by the celebrated author Sir Walter Scott.
The thermometer has a rectangular form with floral decorated uprights and the glass thermometer is backed by an ivory plate.It stands on a rectangular plinth which is also decorated in similar style.The silver is in excellent condition,however the accuracy of the thermometer cannot be guaranteed
The building of Abbotsford House took six years,and was completed in 1824.In 1833,Sir Walter Scott having passed away, the house was opened to the public and is still enjoyed today.The view depicted in this scene is of Abbotsford seen from East Court and includes in the centre foreground the delightful detail of a peacock perched on a lawn roller !