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Tunbridge Ware rosewood thermometer in the form of Cleopatra’s Needle. The obelisk of classical form on a plinth base inlaid with micro mosaic foliate and falling bricks detail. The design, attributed to Henry Hollamby, was made to commemorate Cleopatra’s Needle, a gift from Mahammad Ali Pasha to Britain and which was brought from Alexandria in 1877 and now stands on the Victoria Embankment in London.
English, circa 1880
Height 8” (20cm) Base 2.5” (6.5cm) square.
This object incorporates old ivory and has been registered with Defra