An attractive porcelain panelled carriage clock.
The gilt-brass case with unusual decorative mouldings to the top and base having Sevres style ‘bleu celeste’ porcelain side panels with gilt tracery and seed pearl decoration depicting romantic couples in a rural setting; the en-suite dial with Roman numerals and gilt spade hands, signed for Payne & Son 31 & 32 Lowndes Street London; the two train spring barrel movement stamped on the backplate with a ‘B’ within a circle sounding the hours and half hours on a gong, with repeat button and a silvered platform lever escapement.
Complete with original red leather travelling case. Case height 5 ¼ inches (13.5cms).
Rue DE LA PAIX 24 PARIS
A fine carriage clock with DUPLEX escapement.
The glazed gilt-brass case with recessed corners with solid rear door having aperture shutters and signed within an engraved cartouche BOURDIN Hr du Roi rue de la paix 24. the signed white enamel dial, with Roman numerals and seconds subsidiary at X11 o’clock, blued steel moon hands and alarm dial below set within a gilt mask finely engraved with a scroll and floral design. The top quality two train spring barrel movement, with repeat button, sounding the hours and half hours on a bell with a gilt platform duplex escapement. With original red leather travelling case.
Case height: 5 ½ inches ( 14cms ).
Date: c1864 A rare large decorative gilt-brass strut clock with porcelain dial.
The well engraved oval case in the typical Cole style, the rear with folding strut support, fixed winder and sliding aperture to access the escapement and numbered 1850, also bearing the retailer’s number 1971.
The oval Minton porcelain dial with rose pink dial, almost certainly by the Minton factory, decorated with flowers and musical instruments signed for Hunt& Roskell, London 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 ½ inches (21.5cms).
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.
An extremely rare ‘bon-bon dish’ timepiece.
The 3 ¼ inch finely engraved silvered concave dial signed for C.F. Hancock, London with Roman numerals and blued steel hands, the case in the form of a bon-bon dish with foliate engraved border and shaped folding handle raised on s shallow tripod base and signed underneath C.F. Hancock, 39 Bruton St. London and numbered 764.
See item 51 on pages 138/139 in Thomas Cole and Victorian Clockmaking by J.B. Hawkins for a similar but larger example described as a cake basket.
A large and unusual strut timepiece.
The gilt brass case with an applied leaf and flower relief moulding to the border, the rear numbered at the top 1713 and signed for C.F. HANCOCK 39 Bruton Street LONDON with folding strut and captive winder; the finely engraved silvered dial, the centre having a flower and leaf decoration to compliment the gilt border with Roman numerals and blued steel fleur de lys hands and signed at the bottom C.F. HANCOCK LONDON; the eight day duration spring barrel movement signed Thos. Cole London with lever escapement.
Case height 8 inches (20.25cms).
A similar later example but not so well finished is illustrated in ‘Thomas Cole & Victorian Clockmaking’ by J.B. Hawkins on page 90.
A very rare early nineteenth century Mail Guard’s watch contained within a brass-bound mahogany outer case with recessed handle to the top, the circular chain fusée movement with lever escapement signed WREGG London and numbered 2004 fitted into a circular brass case; the white enamel dial signed WREGG LONDON with blued steel hands. Height: 3 ¾ inches (9.5cms) Width: 3 ¾ inches (9.5cms) Depth: 1 ½ inches (3.8 ccms)
The gilt brass ‘Pagoda’ case with undulating top moulding, silvered ‘bamboo’ corner pillars and handle centre with a coppered moulding to the base, mounted with turquoise porcelain side panels showing birds and flowers with a similarly decorated dial with Roman numerals and blued steel hands; the eight-day duration spring barrel movement with lever escapement, numbered 215 on the backplate.Case height: 3 ¼ inches (8 cms).
The turquoise rectangular champlevé enamelled case with multi-colour decoration depicting exotic birds and flowers standing on gilt elephant head feet with a gilt Foo dog on the top, having a circular white enamel dial showing Chinese numerals ; the eight-day duration spring barrel movement with lever escapement, numbered 20811 on the backplate and case.
Case height: 2 ½ inches (6.4 cms).
Overall Height: 3 ¼ inches (8.25 cms).
A UNIQUE DESK COMPENDIUM.
The finely engraved gilt-brass case with pierced and engraved top moulding above an opening hinged top panel revealing three compartments for stationery and visiting cards etc. The arched centre section housing a timepiece with a silvered engraved dial with Roman numerals and blued steel fleur de lys hands, signed THOs. COLE below V1; the eight-day duration spring barrel movement with lever escapement flanked by two side panels engraved with Grecian style urns with floral festoons, beneath the clock is a storage compartment, the flat section to the front contains a silvered adjustable calendar with ink wells with spring-loaded lids at each side. The whole standing on moulded square tapering legs.
This is one of Thomas Cole’s finest and most imposing creations.
Case height: 8 inches (20 cms)
Depth: 5 inches (10.5 cms)
Width: 10 inches (25.5 cms)