THOMAS TOMPION OF LONDONThomas Tompion – London Quarter striking table clock c1689
EHRHARD LIECHTI C1572Ehrhard Liechti c1572 Domestic mechanical clocks first appeared in the 16th century generally of German or Swiss origin. These tendered to be not particularly reliable or accurate.
ENGLISH LANTERN CLOCK BY JOHN GIBSON OF ONGAR ESSEX ENGLANDEnglish Lantern Clock by John Gibson of Ongar Essex England This is only clock yet documented by a previously virtually unknown clockmaker, made around 1695. John Gibson is a very common name but fortunately not at this period in this region, Ongar, Essex. It was authenticated by the discovery of his will. For a will to survive to clinch his trade as a clockmaker was doubly lucky. Most never left any will.
VIENNESE TRAVELLING CLOCKSViennese Travelling Clocks
CARIATIDES CARRIAGE CLOCKCariatides Carriage Clock More in common with pillar shape Name derived from the Greek meaning: A column in which is represented the upper half of a female figure. Figures complete or tapered away Form corner castings Corresponding male figure called Atlantis(Atlas) available but less common
BREGUET NO 178.Sold to Napoleon Bonapart on the 24th April 1798
OVAL CARRIAGE CLOCKOval Carriage Clock Introduced in 2nd half of 19th C Usually found in 3 sizes: Mignonnette No3 , Obis, No3 Considerable variations, and were often engraved Sometimes repousse, often with porcelain panels
IMHOF MODEL 75/845 NIGHT CLOCK. This unusual piece is an Imhof model 75/845 8 day night clock modelled on earlier Victorian candle lit types of similar shape. The movement is horizontally housed in the split glass sphere, the hour wheel rotating the lower hour hemisphere and the minute wheel driving the upper minute hemisphere. I am unsure of the calibre of the movement, which is wound from the cylinder under the sphere. The time is set by rotating the hemispheres and is indicated by alignment of the hours and the minutes with a vertical indicator. This particular model differs from others I have seen in having a raised, as opposed to a flat, light button at the top. A small battery is fitted under the button and illuminates the white sphere when pressed
JAEGER LECOULTRE MODEL 563 BAGUETTE Jaeger LeCoultre had its origins in the early 1800s.Their clock manufacture began about 1930. JLC produced its inline 8 day baguette movements from about 1932 to 1980. The baguette is an 8 day, 16j. Cal. 210 movement. The movement was housed in numerous case styles over its long production time. This example from about 1970 is in my mind one of the most elegant. The case is executed in faux lapis lazuli, the skeletonised chapter ring giving the whole a 3D quality. My experience with JLC cases suggests that they can deteriorate very quickly if not well cared for. This example is unusual in that it has spent a lot of its life in its custom case and has maintained its excellent condition.
ERNEST BOREL “VERSAILLES” Ernest Borel was founded in 1856. They set up their first factory in 1859. In 1959 to commemorate their centenary they produced the” Versailles”, a small alarm clock in the style of a Louis XIV watch. The movement is an Arogno Cal. 22N, a 22 ligne(49.6mm) 15j. 8 day time and alarm. The casing is quite spectacular and versions were made with cartouches white on black and black on white. It is in the form of a large pocket watch with opening back and alarm control through the pendant. These clocks are not uncommon but what makes this one unusual is its original commemorative stand with the Borel logo.
ZENITH CLOCK Zenith was founded in 1865 but started making clocks about 1900. Amongst other types they produced a range of small clocks based on a diecast movement. These were often in small square cases originally housed in a fitted leatherette case. Over time the diecast material can breakdown especially the threaded bosses. This example is quite unusual. Its case is a gilded sterling silver frame and hinged back of trapezoidal shape. The top, sides and base are solid lapis lazuli panels. It is housed in a fitted outer case. The trapezium shaped dial has a painted scene with most ornate skeletal hands. The movement is an 8 day 15j. time only, wound and set with a large knob behind the rear door. The serial number is 2164666 dating it 1918. It is worth noting that the glass is trapezium shaped and convex.
CYMA GORHAM R10 The Cyma Watch Co was established in 1891. They made clocks from the early 1930s – 1970s. The calibre R10 was a 22 ligne (49.6mm) 30hr keywind time and alarm clock manufactured from 1945 – late 60s. This calibre progressed from 7 to 10 to 11 jewels over its period of manufacture. The movement was housed in a multitude of quality casing designs. This example is a special model produced for Gorham, a long established US silverware retailer. The unusual picture frame casing is sterling silver and in mint condition with its original tag and sticker on the glass and has its original box with padding. These are certainly unusual but not rare. Much rarer is the different sterling silver frame housing a Cyma Cal. R8.
CYMA EXECUTIMER MODEL 18.501 Cyma’s Executimer is an 8 day desk clock with a variable duration alarm. It has a 15 jewel 22 ligne (49.6mm) Cal.8-15 movement with the alarm work mounted on the backplate of the movement. This is similar to Cyma’s S18PN. This example is unusual as it is in a condition seldom seen for a clock of its age (1960s) and its horizontal configuration which exposes it to dust etc. It comes in its original box with instructions.
BRACKET CLOCK It is believed that the firm of Handley & Moore of Clerkenwell, London were specialist bracket clock movement makers who supplied retailers and clock assemblers, and the trade with movements. There were a number of such firms in Clerkenwell who carried on business in this way. Their known working dates were: 1801 – 20 at Clarkenwell Close, London. Handley retired in 1820 and died 1806. The firm then styled itself John Moore late Handley & Moore’ It is believed that Wightman of St. Martin’s Lane were retailers or assemblers of clocks and the firm’s known working dates were: Thomas Wightman (11) of London 1799 – 1820 The Thomas Wightman of St Martin’s Lane who was known to have been at this address in 1811 may have been the man above or a relative of the same name. Thomas Wightman (1) was known to have been working 1701 – 1745.
GLOBE BY JOST BURGI 1580
PLANETARIUM BY RAINGO AND GARNIER C 1830
DESCHAMPS C1800 – CLOCK WITH EVERYTHING!
MARINE CHRONOMETER BY BERTHOUD 1760