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Auction Description for Dreweatts: Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments
Viewing Notes:
31st August 9am to 12.30pm. 2nd September 9am to 6pm. 3rd September 9am to 4.30pm. Day of sale from 8.30am.
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www.invaluable.com/dreweatts1759 for Live! Sales, or www.dnfa.com/donnington

Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments

(188 Lots)

by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury


188 lots with images

September 4, 2013

Live Auction

Donnington Priory

Donnington

Newbury, RG14 2JE United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1635 553553

Fax: +44 (0)1635 553599

Email: donnington@dnfa.com

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Lee, Ronald A. The Knibb Family, Clockmakers Manor

Lot 1: Lee, Ronald A. The Knibb Family, Clockmakers Manor

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Description: Lee, Ronald A. The Knibb Family, Clockmakers Manor House Press, Byfleet, 1964, number 770 from the first and only limited edition of 1,000 copies, dj.

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Barometers, scientific instruments and mechanical

Lot 2: Barometers, scientific instruments and mechanical

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Description: Barometers, scientific instruments and mechanical music - twelve volumes: Banfield, Edwin - three works BAROMETERS: Stick or Cistern Tube, BAROMETERS: Wheel or Banjo and BAROMETERS: Aneroid and Barographs, each published by Baros Books, Trowbridge 1985 and with dj; Collins, Philip R. CARE AND RESTORATION OF BAROMETERS Baros Books, Trowbridge 1993, softbound (two copies); Belville, John Henry Manual of the Mercurial and Aneroid Barometers (1858) facsimile reprint, Turner and Devereux, London 1975, softbound; Goodison, Nicholas ENGLISH BAROMETERS 1680-1860 Cassell and Company, London, 1969, dj; Pearsall, Ronald Collecting and Restoring Scientific Instruments David and Charles, Newton Abbot, London 1974, dj; Michel, Henri SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS in art and history Barrie and Rockliff, London 1967, dj; Clark, John E.T. MUSICAL BOXES A History and an Appreciation George Allen and Unwin Ltd, London 1961, dj; Ord-Hume - two works clockwork music and Collecting MUSICAL BOXES and How To Repair Them each published by George Allen and Unwin Ltd, London 1973 and 1967 respectively, both with dj with a copy of Goodison, Nicholas Ormolu: The work of Matthew Boulton Phaidon Press Limited, London 1974, dj and two other sundry publications (15)

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Continental clockmaking - eleven volumes:

Lot 3: Continental clockmaking - eleven volumes:

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Description: Continental clockmaking - eleven volumes: Ortenberger, Rick Viennese Regulators and Factory Clocks Schiffer Publishing, West Chester PA 1990, dj; Ortenberger, Rick Black Forest Clocks Schiffer Publishing, West Chester PA 1991, dj; Ortenberger, Rick Vienna Regulators And Related Clocks, BOOK 3 Pendel Uhr Publications, Agoura CA 1987, softbound; Kaltenbock, Frederick Die Wiener Uhr, Wien - Ein Zentrum der Uhrmacherei in 18. und 19. Jahrhundert Callway, Munich 1988, dj; Sellink, Dr. J.L. DUTCH ANTIQUE DOMESTIC CLOCKS ca. 1670-1870 and some related examples H.E. Stenfert Kroese B.V., Leiden 1973, dj; Bassermann-Jordan, Ernst Von THE BOOK OF OLD CLOCKS AND WATCHES (translated from the German by H. Alan Lloyd), George Allen and Unwin Limited, London 1964; Blackwell, Dana J. Vienna Regulators of Lenzkirch and Lorenz Bob ca. 1870 The American Clock and Watch Museum Incorporated, Bristol CT 1981, softbound; Kochmann, K. JUNGHANS STORY: EUROPEAN CLOCKS Antique Clock Publishing, Concord CA 1976, softbound (with damage); Kochmann, K. THE LENZKIRCH-WINTERHALDER & HOFFMEIER CLOCKS privately published by the author, Concord CA 1984, softbound; Kochmann, Karl GUSTAV BECKER STORY American Reprints, Modesto CA and Antique Clocks Publishing, Concord CA 6th edition 1992, softbound, and a copy of Kochmann, K. CLOCK & WATCH TRADEMARK INDEX, EUROPEAN ORIGIN Antique Clocks Publishing, Concord CA 1994 reprint, softbound, (11).

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Tardy LA PENDULE FRANCAIS three volumes: I're

Lot 4: Tardy LA PENDULE FRANCAIS three volumes: I're

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Description: Tardy LA PENDULE FRANCAIS three volumes: I're Partie - De l'Horlo\pge Gothique a la Pendule Louis XV; 2'eme Partie - Du Louis XVI a nos jours; 3'eme Partie - Les Provinces francaises Horloges et pendules etrangeres, Paris, various dates post 1949, each in French and softbound; with a copy of Tardy DICTIONNAIRE DES HORLOGERS FRANCAIS, Paris, copyright 1971, softbound, (4).

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Gould, Commander Rupert T. THE MARINE CHRONOMETER,

Lot 5: Gould, Commander Rupert T. THE MARINE CHRONOMETER,

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Description: Gould, Commander Rupert T. THE MARINE CHRONOMETER, ITS HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT Holland Press, London 1960, dj.

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British clockmaking - six volumes Snell, Michael

Lot 6: British clockmaking - six volumes Snell, Michael

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Description: British clockmaking - six volumes Snell, Michael Clocks & Clockmakers of Salisbury Hobnob Press, Salisbury, signed by the author 1986, dj; Loomes, Brian Yorkshire Clockmakers George Kelsall, Littleborough 1985, dj; Mason, Bernard Clock and Watchmaking in Colchester Country Life, London 1969, dj (no slipcase); Baillie, G.H., Clutton, C. and Ilbert, C.A. BRITTEN'S OLD CLOCKS AND WATCHES AND THEIR MAKERS Bonanza Books facsimile of the 1956 edition, New York 1984, dj; Baillie, G.H. WATCHMAKERS & CLOCKMAKERS OF THE WORLD N.A.G. Press, London 1966, dj, and a copy of Loomes, Brian Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World, Volume 2 N.A.G. Press, London 1976, dj, (6).

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General horological reference - twenty two

Lot 7: General horological reference - twenty two

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Description: General horological reference - twenty two volumes: Cescinsky, Herbert and Webster, Malcolm R. ENGLISH DOMESTIC CLOCKS Spring Books, facsimile of the 1913 edition, London 1969, dj; Rose, Ronald E. ENGLISH DIAL CLOCKS Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge 1978, dj; Edwards, Ernest E. The Grandfather Clock John Sherratt and Son Ltd, Altrincham, third edition 1971, dj; Palmer, Brooks THE BOOK OF AMERICAN CLOCKS The Macmillan Company, New York, eleventh edition 1972, dj; Guye, Samuel and Michel, Henri TIME & SPACE Measuring Instruments from the 15th to the 19th Century Pall Mall Press, London 1971, dj; Beeson, C.F.C. English Church Clocks Phillimore, London and Chichester 1971, dj; Bruton, Eric Clocks & Watches 1400-1900 Arthur Barker Limited, London 1967, dj; Thorpe, Nicholas M. The French Marble Clock N.A.G. Press, Colchester, signed by the author 1990, dj; Dombay, Philip and Bernard FRENCH ANTIQUE CLOCKS selling exhibition catalogue, undated, softbound; Shenton, Alan and Rita The PRICE GUIDE to CLOCKS 1840-1940 Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge 1977, dj (without later price supplement); Wenham, Edward OLD CLOCKS Spring Books, London 1965, dj; Shenton, Rita CHRISTOPHER PINCHBECK and his Family Brant Wright Associates Limited, London 1976; Carle, Donald D. CLOCKS AND THEIR VALUE With a unique chart of Thomas Tompion clocks N.A.G. Press Limited, London 1968, dj; Britten, F.J. OLD CLOCKS AND WATCHES AND THEIR MAKERS S.R. Publishers Limited, facsimile of the 1932 edition, Wakefield 1971, dj; Curtis, Tony (ed.) ANTIQUES AND THEIR VALUES, CLOCKS & WATCHES Lyle Publications, Glenmayne 1976; Lloyd, Alan H. THE COLLECTOR'S DICTIONARY OF CLOCKS Country Life Limited, London 1964, dj; Bruton, Eric CLOCKS & WATCHES Paul Hamlyn, Feltham 1968, dj; Tyler E.J. Clocks & Watches Sampson Low, Maidenhead 1975, dj; Camerer Cuss, T.P. The Country Life Book of WATCHES Country Life, London 1967, dj; Cumhaill, P.W. INVESTING IN CLOCKS AND WATCHES Barrie and Rockliff, London, (two copies) first impression 1967 and third impression 1970, each with dj and a copy of Britten, F.J. OLD ENGLISH CLOCKS, THE WETHERFIELD COLLECTION numbered 397 from a limited edition of 1000 copies, The Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge 1908, (22).

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Clock and Watchmaking - seventeen volumes:

Lot 8: Clock and Watchmaking - seventeen volumes:

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Description: Clock and Watchmaking - seventeen volumes: Saunier, Claudius TREATISE ON HOROLOGY IN THEORY AND PRACTICE (translated from French by Julien Trippin and Edward Rigg) W. and G. Foyle Limited, London 1952; Anonymous ELECTRICAL CLOCKS AND CHIMES, A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK, Percival Marshall and Company Limited, undated but circa 1938, softbound; Kochmann, K. THE GUSTAVE BECKER STORY Antique Clock Publishing, Concord CA 1974, softbound; Robinson, T.R. MODERN CLOCKS, Their Repair and Maintenance N.A.G. Press Limited, London 1942; Weiss, Leonard WATCHMAKING IN ENGLAND 1760-1820 Robert Hale, London 1982, dj; Saunier, Claudius THE WATCHMAKER'S HAND-BOOK (translated from French by Julien Trippin and Edward Rigg) The Technical Press Limited, London 1948; Terwilliger, Charles THE HOROLOVAR 400-DAY CLOCK REPAIR GUIDE The Horolovar Company, Bronxville NY 1965, dj; Gazeley, W.J. WATCH AND CLOCK MAKING AND REPAIRING Heywood, Books, London 1973, dj; Carle, Donald de PRACTICAL CLOCK REPAIRING N.A.G. Press Limited, London 1972, dj; Borer, E. MODERN WATCH REPAIRING AND ADJUSTING N.A.G. Press Limited, London 1943; Carle, Donald de CLOCK AND WATCH REPAIRING Including Complicated Watches Pitman Publishing, London 1969; Gazeley, W.J. CLOCK AND WATCH ESCAPEMENTS Newnes-Butterworths, London 1973, dj; Carle, Donald de DE CARLE'S WATCH & CLOCK ENCYCLOPEDIA N.A.G. Press, London 1965, dj; Tyler, E.J. THE CRAFT OF THE CLOCKMAKER Ward Lock Limited, London 1973, dj; Taylor, V.J. and Babb, H.A. MAKING AND REPAIRING WOODEN CLOCK CASES David and Charles, Newton Abbot 1991 dj; Britten, F.W. HOROLOGICAL HINTS and HELPS Baron Publishing, Woodbridge 1977, dj; Penman, Laurie The Clock Repairer's Handbook David and Charles, Newton Abbot 1988, dj; Wilding, John How to make a Weight Driven 8 day Wall Clock Brant Wright Associates Limited, Ashford 1973, dj; Rees, Abraham Rees's Clocks, Watches and Chronometers (1819-20) David and Charles, Newton Abbot 1970 reprint of the 1819-20 edition, dj; Carle, Donald de The Watchmaker's Lathe and how too use it Robert Hale and Company, London 1971, dj; and seven related sundry publications, (24).

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Nineteenth century clockmaking - three volumes:

Lot 9: Nineteenth century clockmaking - three volumes:

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Description: Nineteenth century clockmaking - three volumes: Hawkins, J.B. THOMAS COLE & VICTORIAN CLOCKMAKING Published by the author, Sydney 1975, dj; Allix, Charles and Bonnert Peter CARRIAGE CLOCKS Their history and development Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge 1974, dj and Royer-Collard, F.B. SKELETON CLOCKS N.A.G. Press Ltd, London 1969, dj, (3).

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A fine French engraved gilt brass centre seconds

Lot 10: A fine French engraved gilt brass centre seconds

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Description: A fine French engraved gilt brass centre seconds carriage clock with spring detent 'chronometer' escapement and push-button repeat Bollviller, Paris, circa 1845 The gilt eight-day two train bell striking movement with underslung spring detent escapement and vertical rim monometallic balance with blued steel timing screws and helical balance spring mounted via a bridge with column turned uprights onto a large linear engine-turned platform, the backplate stamped with oval BOLLVILLER, A PARIS trademark to lower margin, the rectangular white enamel Roman numeral dial with centre seconds, blued steel Breguet style moon hands and repeat signature BOLLVILLER A PARIS in a curve below, the gilt one-piece caddy moulded foliate scroll engraved bevel-glazed case with hinged carrying handle and repeat button fitted towards the front edge of the top glass, the rear door with shuttered winding holes within a rococo-scroll engraved gilt field, on cavetto moulded skirt base with recessed rounded angles, the inner base plate stamped L. LANGE 84 to underside, 14cm (5.5ins) high excluding handle. Bolviller is recorded in Allix, Charles and Bonnert, Peter CARRIAGE CLOCKS, Their history and development as working from various addresses in Paris from circa 1830-70; Rue Saint-Avoye 1830, Rue Charlot 1840, Rue Vendome 1850-60 and Rue Beranger 1870. L. Lange is also recorded by Allix as a specialist carriage clock case maker whose stamp appears mainly on one-piece cases housing movements by Auguste, Jules and Japy amongst others. The current lot is unusual and rare in that it is fitted with a spring detent 'chronometer' escapement and has centre seconds. The design of the bridge for the balance, as well as the engine turned detail to the platform, can be directly compared to an underslung pointed-tooth platform lever escapement fitted to a very similar but non centre seconds carriage clock signed by Jules, Paris, illustrated in Allix, Charles and Bonnert, Peter CARRIAGE CLOCKS, Their history and development pages 74-5 (figs II/50 and II/51). Indeed these similarities add weight to the suggestion made by Allix that these clocks originated from the same manufacturing process/workshop.

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A rare French petit sonnerie striking carriage

Lot 11: A rare French petit sonnerie striking carriage

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Description: A rare French petit sonnerie striking carriage clock with two-plane 'chaffcutter' escapement and push-button repeat Paul Garnier, Paris, circa 1840 The eight-day two train movement with two-plane 'chaffcutter' escapement and three-arm monometallic balance set between the plates and striking the hours and quarters on a pair of graduated bells mounted to the backplate signed PAUL GARNIER, H'LR DU ROI PARIS towards upper left hand corner and numbered 1183 to centre, the rectangular engine-turned silvered brass Roman numeral dial with radial design to centre within chapter ring and 'watered-silk' infill incorporating vacant signature plaque to lower margin and with Breguet style blued steel moon hands, the gilt brass one-piece caddy moulded case with hinged slender baton handle above repeat button mounted within the top glass panel and the rear sliding upwards for winding, on cavetto moulded skirt base with inset rounded angles, (strike train with faults), 14.5cm (5.75ins) high excluding handle; with original leather covered outer travelling case. Paul Garnier is recorded in Allix, Charles and Bonnert, Peter CARRIAGE CLOCKS as born 1801 and receiving Silver Medals in the Paris Exhibitions of 1827, 34, and 39; and gold medals in 1844 and 49. He worked from various addresses at Rue Taitbout, Paris and died in 1869 leaving the business to his son of the same name who was still exhibiting carriage clocks in the Paris Exhibition of 1889. Paul Garnier is generally credited for being the first maker to essentially standardise the 'petit pendule portative' which was in effect to become the prototype for the archetypal French carriage clock. The current lot with its 'chaffcutter' escapement, engine turned 'watered-silk' dial and squat one-piece case with wooden block insert to underside can be firmly identified as a 'Series I' carriage clock by Garnier as identified by Allix (see Allix, Charles and Bonnert, Peter CARRIAGE CLOCKS pages 56-7). This clock is rare in that it was made with petit-sonnerie striking and has particularly early use of repeat button set into the top glass of the case.

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A Fine gilt brass carriage clock with push-button

Lot 12: A Fine gilt brass carriage clock with push-button

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Description: A Fine gilt brass carriage clock with push-button repeat in elaborate rococo chased case Jules, Paris, mid 19th century The eight-day bell striking movement with platform lever escapement incorporating plain split bimetallic balance with wedge shaped weights and helical balance spring, the backplate stamped JULES, PARIS to lower margin, the rectangular white Roman numeral dial with blued steel moon hands and bearing repeat signature to lower margin, the elaborate case with hinged leafy scroll handle above ogee shaped top applied with crest modelled as a pair of reclining putti flanking a globe above generous scrolling angles applied with further putti and terminating in an elaborate scallop shell centred scroll panel to apron flanked by supports finely modelled as a mermaid and her companion, the sides with conforming scrolls bordering glazed insert, the rear matching the front but with elaborated scroll cast door with hinged clasp, 19cm (7.5ins) high; with a maroon leather covered outer travelling case. An identical escapement to the one fitted to the current lot is illustrated in Allix, Charles and Bonnert, Peter CARRIAGE CLOCKS Their History and Development on page 73 (plate II/47). Allix/Bonnert do not list working dates for Jules however similarities between this escapement and those used by Bolivier are noted suggesting a working date of around 1840.

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A fine French engraved gilt brass gorge cased

Lot 13: A fine French engraved gilt brass gorge cased

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Description: A fine French engraved gilt brass gorge cased carriage clock with push-button repeat and alarm Aubert and Klaftenberger, Geneva, late 19th century The eight-day bell striking movement with gilt platform lever escapement and signed Aubert & Klaftenberger, Geneve to lower margin of backplate, the rectangular white enamel Roman numeral dial with fine blued steel trefoil pierced hands and repeat signature to centre above subsidiary alarm setting dial to lower margin, the fine foliate scroll engraved gilt gorge type bevel-glazed case with hinged carrying handle, 13.5cm (5.25ins) high excluding handle. The partnership between the London based C.J. Klaftenberger and G.F. Aubert of Geneva was created in 1835. From around 1845 the firm was often commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to supply watches to be presented as gifts. They were commended by the Jury for their contribution to the horological section of the Great Exhibition in 1851 and were granted the Royal Warrant in 1859.

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A French gilt brass four-glass mantel clock Samuel

Lot 14: A French gilt brass four-glass mantel clock Samuel

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Description: A French gilt brass four-glass mantel clock Samuel Marti et Cie, Paris, late 19th century The eight-day gong striking movement with twin mercury capsule 'compensated' pendulum and with stamped roundel S. Marti et Cie, MEDAILLE DE BRONZE and numbered 56763 to backplate, the dial with visible Brocot escapement to the recessed gilt engine turned centre within white enamel Roman numeral chapter ring and engine turned bezel, the bowfronted bevel-glazed case with moulded cornice and ripple cast frieze above reeded Corinthian columns to angles, on curved-front cavetto moulded base incorporating shaped apron, 28cm (11ins) high.

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A French gilt brass and red marble oval four-glass

Lot 15: A French gilt brass and red marble oval four-glass

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Description: A French gilt brass and red marble oval four-glass mantel clock Unsigned, circa 1900 The eight-day gong striking movement with twin mercury capsule 'compensated' pendulum and floral garland painted cream Arabic numeral enamel dial with gilt hands within milled repeating leaf decorated gilt bezel, the bevel glazed case with ogee moulded veined red marble top above repeating lotus leaf cast cornice and slender gilt frame for the glass panel infill, the base with conforming chased gilt lotus leaf moulding applied to red marble skirt lined with gilt brass to underside and fitted with milled bun feet, 32.5cm (12.75ins) high.

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A brass and green marble 'Atmos' timepiece with

Lot 16: A brass and green marble 'Atmos' timepiece with

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Description: A brass and green marble 'Atmos' timepiece with moonphase, hygrometer and thermometer Jaeger-LeCoultre, late 20th century The single train movement wound via the expansion and contraction of an aneroid chamber mounted to the rear of the mechanism and regulated by torsion escapement with rotating balance suspended at the base of the movement signed JAEGER-LECOULTRE to centre and numbered 660581 to suspension platform, the two-piece white Roman numeral dial with visible motionwork for the penny-moon beneath sectors for degrees centigrade and relative humidity to centre and with Breguet style moon hands, the four glass gilt brass case with shallow moulded cornice above reeded corner columns, repeat signature to lower right hand corner of front glass and veined green marble skirt base fitted with fisheye spirit level and adjustable feet 25cm (9.75ins) high.

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A gilt brass 'Atmos' timepiece Jaeger-LeCoultre,

Lot 17: A gilt brass 'Atmos' timepiece Jaeger-LeCoultre,

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Description: A gilt brass 'Atmos' timepiece Jaeger-LeCoultre, mid to late 20th century The single train movement wound via the expansion and contraction of an aneroid chamber mounted to the rear of the mechanism and regulated by torsion escapement with rotating balance suspended at the base of the movement signed JAEGER-LECOULTRE to centre and numbered 172586 to suspension platform, the circular gilt on cream baton numeral chapter ring with Arabic quarters, the rectangular glazed case with canted angles, on plinth base with adjustable feet, 23.5cm (9.25 ins) high; original blue fabric lined simulated cream leather presentation box and outer cardboard carton. Please note: The dial is rectangular - not circular as indicated in the catalogue description

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A gilt brass 'Atmos' timepiece Jaeger-LeCoultre,

Lot 18: A gilt brass 'Atmos' timepiece Jaeger-LeCoultre,

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Description: A gilt brass 'Atmos' timepiece Jaeger-LeCoultre, mid to late 20th century The single train movement wound via the expansion and contraction of an aneroid chamber mounted to the rear of the mechanism and regulated by torsion escapement with rotating balance suspended at the base of the movement signed JAEGER-LECOULTRE to centre and numbered 248072 to suspension platform, the square gilt on cream baton numeral chapter ring with Arabic quarters, the rectangular glazed case with canted angles, on plinth base with adjustable feet, 23.5cm (9.25 ins) high; with original blue fabric lined simulated cream leather presentation box and gilt wall bracket (disassembled), 38.5cm (15.25ins) high overall. Please note: The dial is circular - not rectangular as indicated in the catalogue description

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An English gilt brass constant force waterwheel

Lot 19: An English gilt brass constant force waterwheel

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Description: An English gilt brass constant force waterwheel timepiece Peter Bonnert, Maidstone, dated 1971 The six pillar movement with pierced tapered plates, three wheel train with six-spoke wheel crossings and deadbeat escapement driven by a large wheel with compartments to rim to take ball bearings fed every minute from above by a conveyer belt driven by a separate four pillar single fusee movement with dual spring barrels housed in the base, the ball bearings being subsequently released when at four o'clock position and directed via channels to be picked-up by scoops applied to the multi-link conveyor belt with motion governed by trip release mechanism behind the 'waterwheel', the conveyor support engraved Peter Bonnert, Maidstone, 1971, the 7.25 inch open-centred circular dial plate with engraved Roman numerals and blued steel fleur-de-lys pattern hands, on rectangular figured walnut veneered plinth with winding hole to front and brass-lined canted skirt with brass squab feet, (cover lacking), 44cm (17.5ins) high. Peter Bonnert is a highly respected contemporary horologist who became a fellow of the British Horological Institute in 1968 and was awarded 'The Master's Medal' by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers' for his exemplary services to horology in 2010. Peter Bonnert is perhaps best known as illustrator of the landmark publication CARRIAGE CLOCKS, Their history and development with text by Charles Allix, first published in 1974. The current lot is based upon a design exhibited at the 'Exposition Universelle' of 1900 which was illustrated by Planchon in La Revue Chronometrique published in October of that year. Related timepieces are illustrated and discussed in Roberts, Derek Mystery, Novelty & Fantasy Clocks pages 72-3.

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A French patinated spelter and gilt brass mounted

Lot 20: A French patinated spelter and gilt brass mounted

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Description: A French patinated spelter and gilt brass mounted Belge noir marble figural mystery clock Guilmet, Paris, late 19th century The two train countwheel bell striking movement with Guilmet's crank and stirrup escapement connected via fixed crutch passing through the movement plates to a cylindrical steel post resting on pin pivot and carrying the moulded plinth for the figure surmount, the backplate stamped with oval GLT, BREVETTE, S.G.D.G. trademark and numbered 607, the 4 inch gilt on black marble circular Roman numeral dial with gilt spade hands within egg-and-dart cast hinged bevel-glazed bezel, the rectangular plinth-form case with 'bronze' patinated spelter figural surmount cast as a standing Classical female holding aloft in her left hand the spring suspension for the glass inset bob pendulum above cavetto moulded top and stylised lions mask ring side handles, the front with incised gilt scroll decorated infill around dial, on cavetto moulded skirt base with conforming decoration and generous scroll cast lions paw feet to front, 63cm (24.75ins) high. Andre Romain Guilmot was amongst a number of French clockmakers, including Robert Houdin, who responded to the nineteenth century Parisian passion for magic and conjuring by designing a clock which was inherently mysterious in nature. The mechanism which he devised was designed to give the impression that the pendulum, held by the figural surmount, appeared to oscillate without and impulse. This was achieved by standing the figure on a post which was pivoted on a pinpoint at the base, this allowed the figure itself to oscillate side to side imperceptibly. With this post connected to the specially designed escapement the impulse for the pendulum is ingeniously transferred through the figure. Guilmet was granted Patent for his invention in 1867, which was modified on 1872. The apparent popularity for his design of 'Pendule a marche mysterieuse' can in part be due to the showing of such clocks at the various international exhibitions held in Paris and elsewhere throughout the latter quarter of the 19th century.

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A rare silvered brass, steel and cast iron novelty

Lot 21: A rare silvered brass, steel and cast iron novelty

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Description: A rare silvered brass, steel and cast iron novelty balloon timepiece Unsigned, probably American, late 19th century The small two train back-wound movement with skeletonised plates and inverted anchor escapement regulated by and providing impulse to the up-down oscillation of a helical sprung balance with bisque porcelain weight modelled as a young girl in seated pose, the circular white Roman numeral dial set into the nickel plated brass case modelled as an air balloon with brass ropetwist trellis binding and oscillating figure suspended below, mounted via a suspension ring and brass steady clip onto an arched steel support issuing from a cast iron stand modelled as a pylon with tapered foliate decorated upright above hexagonal section base fronted with an arch within brickwork coursing, on ogee moulded base, (balance spring and figural balance weight with damage), 59cm (23.25ins) high.

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A French gilt metal novelty 'swinging cherub'

Lot 22: A French gilt metal novelty 'swinging cherub'

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Description: A French gilt metal novelty 'swinging cherub' mantel timepiece Farcot, Paris, late 19th century The eight-day single train movement with Brocot type escapement set between the plates connected via the horizontal crutch to a crank arm applied to the back-and-forth swinging pendulum with bob cast as a cherub on a rope swing, the backplate stamped FARCOT BTE, S.G.D.G., A PARIS and numbered 27347, the circular white enamel Roman numeral dial with feint retail signature to centre and steel Breguet moon hands within bead cast gilt bezel, the case with surmount cast with musical instruments within leafy laurel trail above scroll shaped acanthus cast side supports applied with female masks flanking cherub pendulum, on breakfronted leaf cast ogee moulded base with central scroll cartouche and on disc feet, 32cm (12.5ins) high; now with a giltwood stand and glass dome cover on ebonised oval wooden plinth, 41.5cm (16.25ins) high overall.

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A French Empire gilt and patinated bronze figural

Lot 23: A French Empire gilt and patinated bronze figural

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Description: A French Empire gilt and patinated bronze figural mantel timepiece Now with rack lever watch movement by Litherland and Company, Liverpool, early 19th century The four pillar fusee full-plate movement with rack lever escapement and sprung three arm monometallic balance, the backplate with large Slow/Fast regulation scale and diamond endstone to the chased balance cock incorporating signature LITHERLAND & CO., PATENTEES, now with circular white enamel Roman numeral dial with gilt spade hands within cast laurel surround, in a case modelled as an anchor resting against a bale of cotton opposing a figure of a first generation African American wearing pantaloons, on oval plinth base applied with mount cast with tied bale of wheat flanked by dolphins above shallow skirt and turned toupe feet, 18cm (7ins) high; with original oval outline black marble base, 21cm (88.25ins) high. Peter Litherland is recorded in Baillie, G.H. Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World as working from circa 1790 until his death in 1805 with the firm continuing as Litherland, Whiteside & Company until 1816 when it became Litherland, Davies & Company. The escapement fitted to the current lot is a rare form of rack lever (non-detached) that was patented by Litherland in 1792 (Patent number1889).

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A French Louis Philippe parcel silvered ormolu

Lot 24: A French Louis Philippe parcel silvered ormolu

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Description: A French Louis Philippe parcel silvered ormolu figural mantel clock Retailed by Reinhauer Freres, Hamburg, circa 1840 The eight-day outside countwheel bell striking movement with silk suspension and stamped button trademark for JAPY FRERES above engraved retail signature Reinhauer freres, Hambourg to backplate, the circular white enamel Roman numeral dial with engine turned bezel, the case finely cast with an equestrian figure of a Turk wearing elaborate robes and a turban with blunderbuss strapped to his back and sabre drawn in his right hand above naturalistic base adorned with a cactus and incorporating the dial, on plinth base with repeating pendant decorated frieze above foliate cast cavetto mounded base incorporating key pattern border over elaborate scroll cast feet, 60cm (23.5ins) high.

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A French Empire ormolu mantel clock Unsigned,

Lot 25: A French Empire ormolu mantel clock Unsigned,

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Description: A French Empire ormolu mantel clock Unsigned, early 19th century The eight-day countwheel striking movement with silk suspension and circular convex cream painted Roman numeral dial within engine-turned ropetwist bezel, the case with musical trophy and laurel leaf cast surmount above rectangular upstand inset with dial above mount cast with tied foliate swag between standard uprights to apron, flanked by a pair of cherubs seated on stools applied to platforms with conforming mounts to front, on medallion centred scroll panel fronted plinth base with plain skirt and engine-turned bun feet, (with faults), 29cm (11.5ins) high.

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A French Empire ormolu figural mantel clock

Lot 26: A French Empire ormolu figural mantel clock

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Description: A French Empire ormolu figural mantel clock Lepaute, Paris, early 19th century The eight-day outside countwheel bell striking movement with silk suspension and circular white enamel Roman numeral dial signed LEPAUTE A PARIS to centre within engine-turned guilloche bezel, the plinth-form case with resting bow and quiver beside lovebird handled tazza surmount above ogee cornice and fine foliate cast infill around dial, to the left a standing figure of cupid holding a butterfly and flaming torch opposing staff applied with floral wreath bordered panel inscribed Fidelite, Constance, set on a plinth base adorned with ribbon tied floral swags interspersed with flaming torches to front, on lotus leaf cast skirt base with engine-turned bun feet, 37cm 14.5ins high; with giltwood plinth 42cm (16.5ins) high overall.

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A French Louis XVI style gilt brass mounted Siena

Lot 27: A French Louis XVI style gilt brass mounted Siena

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Description: A French Louis XVI style gilt brass mounted Siena marble mantel clock garniture Hanteau, Alencon, circa 1900 The eight-day bell striking movement stamped S.H. PARIS to backplate and with blue on white enamel Arabic numeral dial signed HANTEAU ALENCON to centre, with fine pierced and chased gilt scroll hands within engine-turned bevel glazed bezel, the case with eagle and scroll cast surmount to the circular drum flanked by ovoid finials set onto horizontal platforms supported by panel uprights fronted with laurel wreath and stylised foliate scroll cast mounts with sunburst pendulum swinging between, on demi-lune fronted skirt base with conforming mount to apron and disc feet, 31cm (12.25ins) high; with a pair of urn side pieces en-suite, each with flambeau cast finial above triform lions mask capped supports and circular base with conforming disc feet, 25.5cm (10ins) high; and a group of three giltwood stands (non-original to clock garniture).

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A French small gilt and patinated brass mantel

Lot 28: A French small gilt and patinated brass mantel

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Description: A French small gilt and patinated brass mantel timepiece in the Egyptian revival taste Unsigned, late 19th century The circular eight-day movement with platform cylinder escapement mounted on the backplate and stamped 205 towards lower margin, the circular silvered Roman numeral dial with blued steel moon hands and Arabic five minutes to outer track within convex glazed stylised leaf bordered bezel housed in an engine-turned cylindrical case supported by a mummiform sphinx with outstretched wings on circular socle fitted to square brown veined marble base with winged scarab beetle decorated collar to lower edge with scroll feet to angles, 16cm (6.25ins) high.

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A Victorian Tunbridge ware mercury desk

Lot 29: A Victorian Tunbridge ware mercury desk

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Description: A Victorian Tunbridge ware mercury desk thermometer Thomas Barton, Tunbridge Wells, late 19th century The rectangular tablet applied with ivory Fahrenheit scale mercury thermometer signed T. BARTON, TUNBRIDGE WELLS to upper margin, flanked by vertical bands of parquetry floral trail decoration on a ground of macassar ebony, on stepped base with repeating rosette decoration to upper tier and conforming floral band to lower tier, 13.5 (5.25ins) high. Thomas Barton is perhaps one of the best known makers of Tunbridge ware parquetry objects and worked for 86 Mount Ephraim Road, Tunbridge Wells 1845-1903.

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A mahogany barograph Short and Mason Ltd., London,

Lot 30: A mahogany barograph Short and Mason Ltd., London,

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Description: A mahogany barograph Short and Mason Ltd., London, mid 20th century The mechanism with eleven segment aneroid chamber within frosted gilt finish armature operating via a system of pivoted levers an inked pointer for recording the change in barometric pressure on the clockwork-driven paper-scale lined rotating drum, the baseplate signed SHORT & MASON, LONDON, No. B 1474, the case with five glass cover above ogee moulded skirt base incorporating chart drawer to apron, on compressed bun feet; 36cm (14.25ins) wide; the drawer containing a supply of additional charts and instruction booklets.

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A mahogany barograph Unsigned, early 20th century

Lot 31: A mahogany barograph Unsigned, early 20th century

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Description: A mahogany barograph Unsigned, early 20th century The mechanism with eight segment aneroid chamber within gilt brass armature operating via a system of pivoted levers an inked pointer for recording the change in barometric pressure on the clockwork-driven rotating paper-scale lined drum, the case with five glass cover and cavetto moulded base with squab feet, 37cm (14.5ins) wide.

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A mahogany barograph Hague and Son, Bath, circa

Lot 32: A mahogany barograph Hague and Son, Bath, circa

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Description: A mahogany barograph Hague and Son, Bath, circa 1900 The mechanism with eight segment aneroid chamber within patinated brass armature operating via a system of pivoted levers an inked pointer for recording the change in barometric pressure on the clockwork-driven paper-scale lined rotating drum, the baseplate with ivorine plaque signed HAGUE & SON, BATH, the bevel-glazed case with five glass cover above ogee moulded skirt base incorporating chart drawer to apron, on compressed bracket feet; 36cm (14.25ins) wide; the drawer containing a supply of additional charts and instruction booklets.

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An oak barograph Short and Mason Ltd., London,

Lot 33: An oak barograph Short and Mason Ltd., London,

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Description: An oak barograph Short and Mason Ltd., London, early 20th century The mechanism with eleven segment aneroid chamber within gilt brass armature operating via a system of pivoted levers an inked pointer for recording the change in barometric pressure on the clockwork-driven rotating paper-scale lined drum, the brass baseplate signed SHORT & MASON, LONDON, No. K 546, the case with glazed five glass cover and ogee moulded base with turned feet, 37cm (14.5ins) wide.

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A rare Edwardian brass mounted inlaid mahogany

Lot 34: A rare Edwardian brass mounted inlaid mahogany

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Description: A rare Edwardian brass mounted inlaid mahogany barograph with barometer dial and thermometer S.D. Neill Ltd., Belfast, early 20th century The mechanism with eight segment aneroid chamber within frosted gilt finish armature operating via a system of pivoted levers an inked pointer for recording the change in barometric pressure on the clockwork-driven paper-scale lined rotating drum, the front with open-centred circular silvered register with upper margin calibrated in barometric inches and with the usual observations above curved mercury tube Fahrenheit thermometer to the lower margin inscribed S.D. NEILL, LTD BELFAST to outer edge, the base panel with further ivorine trade label, the case with bevel-glazed five glass cover with moulded cornice above arched panels with foliate scroll inlaid upper quadrant infill and brass column uprights to angles, on ogee moulded skirt base incorporating repeating ribbon tied husk swag inlaid chart drawer to apron, on squab feet, 37.5cm (14.75ins) wide. Sharman D. Neill is recorded in Banfield, Edwin BAROMETER MAKERS AND RETAILERS 1660-1900 as a watch and clockmaker and jeweller working from 12 Donegal, Belfast from 1884 onwards.

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An Edwardian Regency style inlaid mahogany aneroid

Lot 35: An Edwardian Regency style inlaid mahogany aneroid

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Description: An Edwardian Regency style inlaid mahogany aneroid wheel barometer Kelvin and James White Limited and Hutton, London, early 20th century The 8 inch circular silvered register signed KELVIN & J'AS WHITE LTD & HUTTON, 11 BILLITER S'T, LONDON to centre within scale calibrated in barometric inches and with the usual observations set beneath arched alcohol tube Fahrenheit thermometer flanked by oval marquetry conch shell decoration with radial fan roundel to the open triangular pediment and to the rounded base within ebony and box chevron border to case, 96cm (37.75ins) high. Kelvin,White and Hutton were chronometer and nautical instrument makers working both from 11 Billiter Street, London and 16, 18 and 20 Cambridge Street Glasgow from the late 19th century up to around 1925.

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A George III inlaid mahogany mercury wheel

Lot 36: A George III inlaid mahogany mercury wheel

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Description: A George III inlaid mahogany mercury wheel barometer Thomas Bignell, London, early 19th century The 8 inch foliate swag engraved circular silvered register signed THO's BIGNELL, London to centre within scale calibrated in barometric inches and with the usual observations set beneath arched mercury tube Fahrenheit thermometer flanked by oval parquetry fan decoration with conforming roundels to the open triangular pediment and to the rounded base within ebony and box triple line border to case, 98cm (33ins) high. Thomas Bignell is recorded in Baillie, G.H. Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World as a clockmaker apprenticed in 1769.

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A near pair of Regency inlaid mahogany mercury

Lot 37: A near pair of Regency inlaid mahogany mercury

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Description: A near pair of Regency inlaid mahogany mercury wheel barometers C. Belati, Burton, early 19th century Each with 8 inch decorative roundel-engraved circular silvered register signed C. Belati to centre within scale calibrated in barometric inches and with the usual observations set beneath arched alcohol tube Fahrenheit thermometer flanked by oval marquetry conch shell decoration with matching roundels to the open triangular pediment and to the rounded base within ebony and box line borders to case, each 98cm (38.5ins) high. C. Belati is recorded in Banfield, Edwin BAROMETER MAKERS AND RETAILERS 1660-1900 as working in Burton-on-Trent circa 1810-30

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A George III mahogany mercury stick barometer

Lot 38: A George III mahogany mercury stick barometer

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Description: A George III mahogany mercury stick barometer Bellatti and Son, Newark, early 19th century With exposed arched silvered vernier scale calibrated in barometric inches and with the usual observations opposing integral alcohol Fahrenheit thermometer and signed Bellatti & Son, Newark to top right corner applied to caddy moulded case with exposed tube to trunk above moulded half egg-shaped cistern cover to the rounded base, 92cm (36ins) high. C. Bellatti and Son are recorded in Banfield, Edwin BAROMETER MAKERS AND RETAILERS 1660-1900 as working in Newark circa 1830-50.

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A Regency mahogany mercury stick barometer L.

Lot 39: A Regency mahogany mercury stick barometer L.

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Description: A Regency mahogany mercury stick barometer L. Bellatti, Grantham, early 19th century With open triangular pediment above glazed rectangular silvered vernier scale calibrated in barometric inches and with the usual observations, beside an alcohol tube Fahrenheit scale thermometer and signed L. Bellatti, Grantham to upper margin, the caddy moulded trunk with exposed tube over rounded base with hemispherical cistern cover, 97cm (38ins) high. Louis Bellatti is recorded in Banfield, Edwin BAROMETER MAKERS & RETAILERS 1650-1900 as a maker of angle barometers working in Grantham circa 1825-45.

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A Victorian figured mahogany mercury stick

Lot 40: A Victorian figured mahogany mercury stick

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Description: A Victorian figured mahogany mercury stick barometer L. Bellatti, Lincoln, mid 19th century With cavetto moulded upstand above glazed canted ivory vernier scale calibrated in barometric inches together with the usual observations and signed L. Bellati, LINCOLN to upper margin opposing mercury tube Fahrenheit and Centigrade scale thermometer, the flame figured caddy moulded trunk with vernier adjustment square to throat above circular base with moulded domed cistern cover and level adjustment screw to underside, 97cm (38ins) high. Louis Lawrence Bellatti is recorded in Banfield, Edwin BAROMETER MAKERS & RETAILERS 1650-1900 as working from 34 Steep Hill, Lincoln 1849-68.

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A Regency mahogany mercury stick barometer J.

Lot 41: A Regency mahogany mercury stick barometer J.

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Description: A Regency mahogany mercury stick barometer J. Springer, Bristol, early 19th century With arch-glazed shaped ebony and box strung door to the silvered vernier scale calibrated in barometric inches, with the usual observations and signed J. Springer, Bristol to upper margin, the trunk with conforming ebony and double box line strung edges above circular base with ivory button-centred moulded domed cistern cover, (lacking level adjustment screw), 89cm (39ins) high. James Springer is recorded in Moore, A.J. THE CLOCKMAKERS OF BRISTOL 1650-1900 as working in the parish of St. Thomas, Bristol in 1797.

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A Victorian rosewood mercury stick barometer Lee

Lot 42: A Victorian rosewood mercury stick barometer Lee

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Description: A Victorian rosewood mercury stick barometer Lee and Son, Belfast, late 19th century With moulded pediment above bevel-glazed canted ivory double vernier scale calibrated in barometric inches and signed Lee & Son, BELFAST to upper margin, the caddy moulded trunk with vernier adjustment squares and foliate carved ears to throat above arched mercury tube Fahrenheit and Centigrade scale thermometer and base applied with urn shaped domed cistern cover over level adjustment screw to the ogee moulded underside, 97cm (38ins) high. Joseph Lee and Son are recorded in Banfield, Edwin BAROMETER MAKERS & RETAILERS 1650-1900 as working at 57 High Street, Belfast circa 1850-70.

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An American mahogany and verre eglomise 'banjo'

Lot 43: An American mahogany and verre eglomise 'banjo'

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Description: An American mahogany and verre eglomise 'banjo' wall clock E. Howard and Company, Boston, late 19th century Of 'number five' type with four pillar single train weight-driven eight-day movement with anchor escapement and wood-rod pendulum set between movement and dial, the frontplate stamped E. Howard & Co., BOSTON beneath the letter F, the 7.5 inch cream painted circular Roman numeral dial with steel Breguet style moon hands set behind cavetto moulded glazed mahogany bezel fronting the rounded upper section of the case, above conforming tapered trunk with glass panel infill reverse decorated with alternating bands of black and brown within gilt line borders, the base with conforming wider glazed-front panel with central shaped lenticle and opening to reveal pendulum bob and original paper instruction label, 74cm (29ins) high.

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A simulated rosewood and stained walnut Vienna

Lot 44: A simulated rosewood and stained walnut Vienna

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Description: A simulated rosewood and stained walnut Vienna 'regulator' wall clock Unsigned, mid 19th century The eight-day gong striking weight driven movement with deadbeat escapement and fine beat adjustment to the long crutch engaging with the wood rod pendulum with large diameter brass faced lenticular bob, the two-piece white Roman numeral enamel dial with fine pierced blued steel hands and elaborate foliate scroll cast brass bezel, the case with shallow arch cavetto cornice above waisted front door with naturalistic dished surround incorporating pierced stylised scrolls to each corner, the base formed as a generous ogee moulded inverted caddy, 73cm (28.75ins) high.

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A Black Forest carved wood cuckoo table clock

Lot 45: A Black Forest carved wood cuckoo table clock

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Description: A Black Forest carved wood cuckoo table clock Unsigned, late 19th century The eight-day four pillar two train movement with anchor escapement, skeletonised plates and external countwheel for the hours announced by a cuckoo automaton figure appearing from behind a door set above the dial sounding a double note for each hour, the case finely carved as a Swiss mountain log-built chalet with bird of prey surmount flanked by entwined leafy foliage to gable above front with small door for the cuckoo automaton and circular dial applied with cream Roman numerals flanked by naturalistic carved open leafy branches, the base with figure of a fox stalking a cockerel within a naturalistic leafy log and rock-carved setting, 62cm (24.5ins) high.

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A rare Swiss carved wood quarter-striking cuckoo

Lot 46: A rare Swiss carved wood quarter-striking cuckoo

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Description: A rare Swiss carved wood quarter-striking cuckoo bracket clock Unsigned, mid 19th century The eight-day four pillar triple train movement with anchor escapement, skeletonised plates and external countwheels for both the hours and quarters announced by two separate cuckoo automaton figures appearing from behind doors above the dial with single note for the quarters and double note for each hour repeated on a gong, the case finely carved as a Swiss mountain log-built chalet with cockerel surmount flanked by conifer foliage to gable above front with pair of small doors for the cuckoo automata and rosette-carved circular dial applied with cream Roman numerals, the base with relief carved figure of a resting goat with kid flanked by standing ram and billy within a naturalistic log and rock-carved setting, (slight damage), 78cm (30.5ins) high; with carved wood wall bracket with shaped platform above finely worked cow's head support applied to tied-branch bordered shield-shaped back panel, 53cm (21ins) high; the clock and wall bracket 131cm (51.5ins) high overall.

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A rare Victorian mother-of-pearl inlaid coromandel

Lot 47: A rare Victorian mother-of-pearl inlaid coromandel

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Description: A rare Victorian mother-of-pearl inlaid coromandel wood striking drop-dial wall clock with subsidiary seconds dial Stringer, Stourbridge, mid 19th century The five pillar twin fusee gong striking movement with anchor escapement and shouldered plates, the 13 inch circular white painted dial with subsidiary seconds dial and signed Stringer, Stourbridge to centre, with Gothic style numerals and blued steel spade hands within cast brass glazed bezel with silvered fillet to inner border and circular surround inlaid with eight mother-of-pearl curved foliate scroll bordered panels, the box case with side doors above drop-trunk fronted with rectangular glazed lenticle within conforming stylised floral borders flanked by leafy-trial decorated shaped ears, over quarter-round base incorporating pendulum access flap and inlaid with matching spandrel decoration to the upper margin, 80cm (31.5ins) high. Edwin Stringer is recorded in Loomes, Brian Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World, Volume 2 as working in Stourbridge 1860-76.

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A rare early Victorian brass and mother-of-pearl

Lot 48: A rare early Victorian brass and mother-of-pearl

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Description: A rare early Victorian brass and mother-of-pearl inlaid rosewood striking drop-dial wall clock J. Jenkinson, Retford, mid 19th century The five pillar twin fusee bell striking movement with anchor escapement and shouldered plates, the 12 inch circular white painted dial signed J. Jenkinson, Retford to centre and with blued steel fleur-de-lys hands within cast brass convex glazed bezel and octagonal surround inlaid with repeating mother-of-pearl roundel highlighted brass foliate scroll decoration, the box case with brass Gothic pierced sound fret inset side doors above drop-trunk fronted with rectangular glazed lenticle within conforming stylised floral spandrels flanked by leaf carved ears, over quarter-round base incorporating pendulum access flap and inlaid with matching spandrel decoration to the upper margin, 74cm (29ins) high. John Jenkinson is recorded in Loomes, Brian Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World, Volume 2 as working in East Retford 1855-76.

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A Victorian carved oak 'Admiral Fitzroy' mercury

Lot 49: A Victorian carved oak 'Admiral Fitzroy' mercury

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Description: A Victorian carved oak 'Admiral Fitzroy' mercury tube barometer Davis and Company, London, circa 1870 The full-height glazed case with stylised foliate crest and turned finials to the shaped arch pediment enclosing applied gilt brass Royal coat of arms and heavy bulb cistern mercury tube with paper scale printed DAVIS AND COMPANY, Admiral Fitzroy's, Prize Medal, Barometer, TRADE MARK above twin scales calibrated in barometric inches and with the usual observations and labelled SET YESTERDAY and SET TO-DAY to lower margin, over two columns of further text entitled ADMIRAL FITZROY'S SPECIAL REMARKS and foliate carved band with applied mercury tube Fahrenheit scale thermometer signed DAVIS & Co. 163 FENCHURCH S'T opposing unusual instruction panel for ADMIRAL FITROY'S, STORM, WARNING SIGNALS, the moulded side uprights fitted with rack and pinion setting pointer adjustment screws and with shallow moulded skirt base, 120cm (47.25ins) high. The current lot was made in accordance with the principals set out by Admiral Robert Fitzroy in his 1862 publication Weather Book. Although there appears to be no record of a Davis and Company working from Fenchurch Street, London in the usual sources, it is probable that they are an earlier incarnation of the firm of Joseph Davis and Company who worked from the Royal Polytechnic Institution, 6 Kensington Park Road, London from 1871-93 who advertised themselves as the sole manufacturers of the 'Royal Polytechnic barometer'.

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A Victorian carved walnut mercury stick barometer

Lot 50: A Victorian carved walnut mercury stick barometer

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Description: A Victorian carved walnut mercury stick barometer Unsigned, late 19th century With break-arch cavetto moulded and floral carved pediment above rectangular bevel-glazed double canted opaque glass vernier scales flanking large bore tube calibrated in barometric inches and with the usual observations, the margins annotated 10 A.M YESTERDAY and 10 A.M TO DAY, to upper and LONG FORETOLD LONG LAST, SHORT NOTICE SOON PAST and FAST RISE AFTER LOW FORETELLS STRONGER to lower, the top right corner further inscribed ADD ONE TENTH FOR EACH NINETY FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL, the trunk with scroll carved ears and vernier setting squares to throat above applied bevel-glazed mercury tube Fahrenheit and Centigrade scale thermometer decorated with carved motifs to upper and lower rails, the base of shaped cartouche outline applied with rosette centred scroll carved cistern cover with level adjustment square to underside, 103cm (40.5ins) high.

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