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John Hallifax (1694-1750)

Biography of English clockmaker and barometer maker John Hallifax (1694-1750)

John Hallifax (1694-1750) of Barnsley was a renowned English maker of clocks and barometers.

Hallifax was born in Springthorpe in Lincolnshire in 1694, the son of a vicar. He moved to Barnsley in 1711, possibly after the death of his father, where he was established as a clockmaker.

Hallifaxdied in 1750 and the regard to which he was held is evident in the inscription on his tombstone which reads: Whose abilities and virtue few in these times have attained. His art and industry were such as his ingenious inventions will be a lasting monument of his merit -- such as recommended him to the favour and esteem of all good men that knew him.

Hallifax had two sons, both of whom became clockmakers.

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Lot FS21/833

Lot FS21/833: John Hallifax, Barnsley, A Walnut Wheel Barometer

John Hallifax, Barnsley, a walnut wheel barometer the six-inch arched brass dial with engraved spandrels, a matted and engraved centre and engraving to the arch either side of a silvered boss engraved Jno Hallifax, Barnsley, Invt. & Fecit, the silvered chapter ring calibrated with the weather indications and three varying scales; barometric inches from 28-30, then divided into tenths on the centre ring, with the inner aspect engraved from 1 - 30 and used to assist in the setting of the manual dial to the trunk, with a single blued-steel counter-poised hand, the trunk set with a separate silvered recording dial engraved with the same three scales and with a single manually set blued-steel hand, the walnut veneered case with boxwood and ebony stringing to the base, trunk and hood, with a moulded tapered base, the hood with a caddy top surmounted by two turned wood finials in the form of urns, with three quarter columns either side of the glazed hood door, height: 1345cm * Literature: Nicholas Goodison 'English Barometers and their Makers' 1680-1860, page 157; Edwin Banfield 'Barometers, Wheel or Banjo', figs 13-17; R W.Symonds 'Dictionary of English Furniture' 2nd edition, fig14.

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000
Realised: £13,500