What is a Barometer?


A barometer is a scientific instrument for reading atmospheric pressure which can indicate how the weather will change. These days, most barometers are digital but barometric mechanisms have been around since the 1600s.


Antique barometers are beautiful examples of functionality, design and craftsmanship blending together. They are true centerpieces just like any carriage clock or grandfather clock. These vintage and antique pieces are incomparable to the basic kitchen barometer. Read both the temperature and weather conditions on a true work of art. 


Vintage and antique barometers require precise setting and regular maintenance. Because it is easy to give misreadings, it is important to only use designs from reputable makers.


If you want a barometer with historical value that is still reliable and in good condition, it is best to visit clock experts and antique dealers. We can evaluate the quality and precision of your antique barometer so that you’ll be taking home a functional art piece.




Identifying a Barometer


Re-discover a mechanism for reading the atmospheric pressure, temperature and expected weather.


What Is the Difference Between a Barometer and a Clock?


A clock displays the time while a barometer reacts to atmospheric pressure or barometric pressure.


What’s the Difference Between a Barograph and a Barometer?


Barographs measure the same information as barometers. The difference is that barometers only display the measurements on their face, a barograph records the measurements onto a sheet.


How Do You Use a Barometer?


If you have never seen a vintage barometer before then you may need some instructions on how to use and read them.


How Do You Read a Barometer?


A mercury barometer, the vertical kind, displays the changes in air pressure in millibars. You can read these similarly to how you would read a thermometer. A rising barometer reading is better because this indicates better weather is to come.


An aneroid barometer, the circular kind, moves its dials to indicate pressure changes. Clockwise movements indicate higher pressures and better weather. Anti-clockwise dial movements indicate lower pressures and worse weather.


What Does a Rising Barometer Mean?


A rising barometers means there is an increase in atmospheric pressure. This suggests that the weather will be less wet and warmer.


The Accuracy of Barometers


Although not as detailed as today’s weather reports, antique barometers were designed for accuracy and th emodern barometers such as those made by Comitti of London and Dingens are very accurate.


Are Barometers Accurate?


Both digital and antique barometers were designed with accuracy. However, they need to be set to provide correct readings and this is often done wrong.


Can a Barometer Predict Weather?


Depending on the accuracy of your barometer, they may give you close predictions of future weather. With correct readings they can tell you whether you can expect rain within the next 12-24 hours.


What’s the Most Accurate Barometer?


Digital barometers are the most accurate type of barometer. However, antique and vintage barometers can also be very precise when made by a trusted maker and carefully maintained.