Antique Barometers seem to have been around forever, but in fact, there was a long time before we discovered how to read atmospheric pressure and understand barometer readings. Today the price of an antique barometer seems to be no object, if the barometer is rare enough and has excellent workmanship. It does not even matter whether or not the barometer ever actually went to sea. Sometimes a fine specimen made by a famous furniture designer is worth a great deal even if it never left the shore, like the eighteenth-century barometer which was recently appraised at over $800 at an antique auction.
The barometer was invented in 1643 by Evangelista Torricelli, who studied with Galileo in his final years. Between the years of 1670 and 1900, there were over 3,500 registered Antique Barometer makers. Antique barometers continued to be refined over the years, until they could be manufactured so that people could afford them. Glassblowers refined the shape of the tube and its reservoir, cabinet makers and engravers continued to improve their skills until the barometer could be produced as an instrument that people could use in their homes. Mercurial barometers were first introduced in the late 1640's and the nobility of the period looked at it as a great achievement to own a mercury barometer in their homes.
Most antique barometers found today are those dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. These are generally refurbished and sold to collectors. Many people today are looking for antique barometers for sale. Some of the most Collectable Antique Barometers include old mercury stick barometers, marine barometers, and angle barometers. All of these styles are relatively difficult to find, and are much sought after by collectors.