Condition Report For Lot# 902 :
base with minor flake at the screw hole for attaching the top, otherwise excellent, pierced brass railing needs attention, two of the post which secure it have breaks, note that there is no movement in the base, top will revolve manually on a pin in order to view the various displays, top slightly crooked, brass with some staining and tarnish, bezels and glasses good, time dial darkened and with minor scratches, barometer dial with scratches, hands good, movement running, condition of barometer unknown, centigrade thermometer with broken bulb, The initials WBJ on the base are those of William B. Johnson, who joined Doulton in 1882 as a flower painter, and eventually became head of the decorative department. The Doulton & Slaters Patent and US Patent 314002 refer to the Chine process, invented by John Slater, using cloth pressed into the wet clay, and creating the textured surface on the piece.