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CARRIAGE CLOCK


A small French engraved gorge cased carriage clock with alarm

The top quality engraved gorge case with folding handle; the white enamel dial with Roman numerals and blued steel moon hands set within a floral and foliate engraved mask; the two train spring barrel movement sounding the hours and half hours on a bell, with repeat button, numbered on the backplate 3308, having a silvered platform lever escapement with cut and compensated bimetallic balance, complete with period travelling case. Date: c1870. Case height: 4 ¼ inches (10.5cms).

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GRAVELL & SONS


Charterhouse Square
London
No: 4063
Date: c1825

An elegant brass inlaid mahogany drop-dial wall clock with dead-beat escapement.

The well figured mahogany case has a brass strung and inlaid drop with a convex curve to the bottom part which has a large opening door to gain access to the pendulum. There are well carved ears to the side. The clock has a nicely cast brass bezel and a convex glass. The bezel has a lock at the side and there are doors on both sides of the back box to gain access to the top of the pendulum.

The 12" silvered engraved brass dial, which is signed for the maker ‘Gravell & Son, London’ and numbered 4063, has Roman numerals with outer minute markers and is screwed to the dial feet with four blued steel screws.

The eight day fusée movement is stamped 4063 on the top edge of the backplate and is of the highest quality with five nicely knopped pillars, a Graham type deadbeat escapement and fine quality wheel work. The escape wheel has fully adjustable end stops on both front and backplate. The long pendulum has a heavy brass bob and a nicely shaped steel rod and is suspended from the anchor back cock on the backplate of the movement. Case length: 24 inches (61 cms.)

The firm of Gravell & Son was working from Charterhouse Square from 1783 to 1825 and continued as William Gravell & Son, London until 1863. It was formed by William, the Father, and William, the Son, who went on to become the more famous clockmaker. He was a member of the Clockmakers’ Company from 1818 to 1850 and was Master of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1840 and 1841.

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SKELETON CLOCK


A small French great small wheel Skeleton Clock.

The two-tier white marble base ormolu mounted with scroll volutes between supporting an inverted ‘Y’ frame with single train chain fuseé great wheel movement, skeletonised barrel, pin-wheel dead-beat escapement and knife-edged suspended pendulum with sunburst bob. The white enamel dial with vertical Arabic numerals and blued steel moon hands.

Overall height: 14 inches (35.5cms). Width: 7 ¾ inches (19.5cms). Depth: 6 inches (15cms). See ‘Continental and American Skeleton Clocks’ by Derek Roberts, page 79 for a similar example.

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THOMAS COLE


No. 1844
Date: c1864

A rare large decorative gilt-brass strut clock with porcelain dial. The well engraved octagonal shaped case, the rear with folding strut support, fixed winder and sliding aperture to access the escapement and numbered 1844.
The oval porcelain dial with blue ground, almost certainly by the Minton factory, decorated with flowers and musical instruments signed at the top for J.W Benson, 25 Old Bond Street, with Roman numerals and gilt fleur-de-lys hands. The eight-day duration movement signed Thos. Cole LONDON with ratchet tooth lever escapement and plain steel balance.

Case height: 8 ¼ inches (21cms). See ‘Thomas Cole & Victorian Clockmaking’ by J.B. Hawkins item 24 on page 87 and colour plate opposite page 80. Clocks by Thomas Cole with porcelain dials are particularly rare.

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SILVANI & Co


BRIGHTON
Date: c1825

A very fine early nineteenth century mahogany and cross-banded clock barometer with bow-fronted removable thermometer. The clock with circular eight-day duration fusee movement; silvered dial with Roman numerals and blued steel moon hands.
The flame mahogany cross-banded case with scroll pediment also having hygrometer and spirit leveller within a ilvered plaque signed SILVANI & Co. BRIGHTON. £5,950

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WILLIAM FREEMAN


London
Date: 1770

A small George III period ebony bracket clock.

The bell-top case glazed to the sides and rear with brass handle above. The brass dial with brass spandrels and silvered chapter, Roman numerals with Arabic seconds at five minute intervals, matted centre with false pendulum aperture and silvered plaque signed Wm. Freeman, London and in the arch a chapter for silent/strike selection.
The two train fusee movement with verge escapement sounding the hours on a bell, with repeat via a cord, signed on the backplate William Freemen, High Holborn, London.

Case height: 15 ¾ inches (40 cms).

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A RARE LOUIS XV1 MANTEL CLOCK


Date: c 1785

The white marble and ormolu mounted case with bronze sphinxes and Austrian eagle. Case height: 25 inches (64 cms). For an identical example see French Clocks The World Over, part 2 by Tardy, page 68.

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F. BAETENS


28 Gerrard Street
London
Date. C1820

A good English Regency black marble and ormolu mantel timepiece.

Surmounted by an eagle on a drum-shaped case, the plinth mounted with a ram’s head at the centre with oak leaf and flower garlands mounted at each side with a seated figure of a Classical woman reading a book, the white enamel dial with blued steel moon hands and Roman numerals, the single train fusée movement signed on the front plate F. BAETENS, 28 GERRARD STREET, LONDON, with anchor escapement.

The right hand book signed Coleman, 6 Westmorland St, London. Overall height: 12 ½ inches (32cms).

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PORCELAIN PANELLED OVAL CASED FRENCH CARRIAGE CLOCK


No. 206
Date: c1880

The gilt-brass oval case mounted with Blue Celeste porcelain side and rear panels in the Sevres style with gilt tracery and split seed pearl decoration, the side panels showing Venus and Cupid in a floral setting with en-suite dial with Roman numerals and blued steel hands, the rear panel depicting a ruined temple; the two train going barrel movement numbered 206 sounding the hours and half hours on a gong, with repeat button, surmounted by a silvered platform lever escapement with bi-metallic split balance.

Case height: 6 inches (15cms).