Gracechurch Street, LondonDate: c1850
The well figured rosewood case with bevelled glass panels to the top and sides with folding gilt hexagonal bar handle having scroll ends and terminating with lions heads, standing on gilt bun feet. The silvered dial with Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds dial at X11 o’clock and foliate scroll engraving to the surround with blued steel hands, signed Frodsham Gracechurch Street London. The two-train chain fusee movement, signed Frodsham Gracechurch Street London on the backplate, sounding the hours on a gong with pull repeat cord and a gilt platform lever escapement.
Case height 9 ¼ inches (23.5cms).John Frodsham was born in 1785 and admitted to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1822. He had a son, Henry John, and took him on as an apprentice in 1830. Henry was admitted to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1838.
John had premises at 33 Gracechurch Street from circa 1825 to 1837. The business moved next door to number 31 where they remained until the turn of the century. It is recorded that the business was trading as Frodsham & Son from 1834 to 1853. John Frodsham died in 1849 and the Frodsham business went into partnership with Baker in 1854 and traded as Frodsham & Baker until 1863.
References:‘Victorian Clocks’ by Richard Good ‘Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World’ by Brian Loomes.
A fine and rare example in the form of a ‘dressing table’.
The finely engraved serpentine fronted gilt-brass case, numbered 1011, in the form of a dressing table standing on four legs; the engraved silvered dial with Roman numerals and blued steel fleur de lys hands signed within a cartouche at the top for Hunt & Roskell, London. The eight-day going barrel movement with lever escapement.
Height: 8 ¾ inches (22.5cms).
Width: 5 ¼ inches (13.5cms).Depth: 3 ½ inches (9.0cms)
PALAIS ROYAL 52
An unusual French carriage clock with ‘night time’ repeat on a gong.
The attractive florally engraved case showing exotic birds on the base with a similar theme on the side panels, with a shuttered rear door en suite; the white enamel dial having Roman numerals and blued steel moon hands with alarm set dial below, signed CHles OUDIN, PALAIS ROYAL 52; the two train spring barrel movement sounding the hours on a bell with plunge repeat on a gong via a separate movement signed Breguet, the alarm sounding on a bell in the base, with a gilt platform lever escapement. Complete with original black tooled leather travelling case with folding brass handle and latches.
Charles Oudin, élève de Breguet, is recorded at Palais National 1850; Palais Royal 1860.
Case height: 5 ½ inches (13.5cms).
34 Cannon Street
Date c: 1838
A fine and very rare Mail Guard’s watch made for the London and Birmingham Railway, which opened for traffic in 1838 and numbered 1823 for the railway, having a four-day duration chain fusée movement with lever escapement; the white enamel dial with Roman numerals and blued steel hands.
Height: 4 inches (10cms)
Width: 2 ¾ inches (7cms)
Depth: 1 ¼ inches (3.2 cms)
See Carriage Clocks Their History and development by Charles Allix, pages 31 and 32 for a similar example and a brief history of the Mail Guard’s watch.
A very good mid-nineteenth century engraved strut timepiece.
The well engraved case numbered 1041, with folding handle, swivel foot and folding strut supports with bowed glass to the finely engraved silvered dial, signed C.F.Hancock LONDON, having Roman numerals and blued steel fleur-de-lys hands. The eight-day duration spring barrel movement, wound from the rear via a captive winder, with lever escapement. The case signed on the rear :-
By appointment to the PRINCIPAL SOVERIGNS. COURTS OF EUROPE. 39 Bruton St. LONDONCase height: 5 inches (13cms).
Note: The mainspring is dated 1858.
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)
The gorge case with finely painted cream enamel decoration depicting a leaf and floral pattern with dial mask en-suite; the white enamel dial with Roman numerals and blued steel moon hands; the two-train spring barrel movement numbered 6196 and signed DROCOURT on the inside of the backplate, sounding the hours and half hours on a gong, with repeat facility, having a silvered platform lever escapement together with a Drocourt red leather travelling case of a slightly later date.
This style of case decoration is particularly unusual and seemingly only used by Drocourt, it is very rare to see an example with a cream ground, usually it is blue with white flowers. Case height: 5 inches (13cms). See ‘Carriage and other Travelling Clocks’ by Derek Roberts pages 194 and 204 for similar examples.