Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments


Hindman’s Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments department handles objects relating to horological, antique measuring tools, metrological instruments, surveying equipment, medical and quackery tools and maritime objects.


These items are handled through our European Furniture & Decorative Arts auctions, in addition to select Scientific Instrument sales that Hindman holds for larger single-owner collections. The objects within the sales originate from all over the globe and span from the 17th century to modern times.

Corbin Horn

Director and Senior Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Corbin Horn is the director and senior specialist of the Furniture & Decorative Arts department at Hindman.

Mr. Horn joined the firm in 2009, and he has directed hundreds of sales of important collections, including those of Lilly Pulitzer, Lord Anthony and Lady Jacobs, Lars Bolander, and Villa Massei in Lucca, Italy. He has also achieved record results for consignments from institutions, including the Toledo Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Minnesota Historical Society. Mr. Horn gives lectures about various topics within the decorative arts to collectors’ groups and social organizations, and he is a member of the Antiquarian Society of the Art Institute of Chicago and the governing board of the Chicago International Film Festival.

Corbin Horn

Director and Senior Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Nick Coombs

Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Nick Coombs is a specialist in the Furniture & Decorative Arts department and also the Coins, Medals & Banknotes department at Hindman.

Prior to joining Hindman in 2014, Mr. Coombs worked for PCGS Currency in Peoria, Illinois, where he was responsible for the grading and authentication of paper money. This enabled him to travel to dozens of coin and currency shows a year and develop a lifelong passion for numismatics. In addition to heading the Coins, Medals & Banknotes department at Hindman, Mr. Coombs works closely with Furniture & Decorative Arts department and has directed auctions for philatelics, memorabilia, scientific instruments, and fountain pens. He received a BA in art history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master of letters in art and art world practice from the University of Glasgow.

Nick Coombs

Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Complimentary Auction Estimates​

You are welcome to submit itemselectronically or to contact any of our offices directly.​​

Our specialists are eager to help you learn more about your collection and current auction sale estimates. ​

To begin an estimate, our specialists will need:​

  • At least 3 photos​
  • Detailed description​
  • Details on signatures or marks

Auction Specialists

Corbin Horn

Director and Senior Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Nick Coombs

Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts
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