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7.            $450

French Industrial Series type clock, copied from originals made in the 1800’s.  The French companies produced several different styles of the Windmill and they are still popular today. The windmill blades wind different from the clock movement.  The movement that drives the windmill is inside the door at the base.  You open that door to wind the windmill blades.  The case is metal, some parts silver plated, some brass, and some painted brown.  Like the French originals this one has a thermometer on each side and a barometer above the clock dial. It has an 8 day time only clock movement.  It is 20 inches tall to the top of the weathervane.  If you are like me and drool over the French Industrial Series clocks but would never fork over the money for one, you will enjoy this windmill and its very reasonable minimum price.  $600-$750.

 

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8.            $700

Scissors pendulum clock, a modern copy of an original made in 1820 by John Wilding / England.  That clock is currently in the Henry Ford Museum.  For details about the Scissors clocks operation see, “Skelton Clocks”, by F.  B.  Royer-Collard, pages 88-90.  I have sold scores of the finer Asian made skeleton clocks since they were first introduced in the USA about 10 year ago.  It is my favorite of all the contemporary novelty clocks, for a number of reasons.  I have never had one that failed to run and keep on running, and they are interesting to watch. The 8 day movement is chain fusee driven and I have never unpacked one that did not run when I released the two criss-crossing pendulums that swing back and forth like scissors.  The beautiful wood base has a drawer to keep the key and it is shaped like scissors.  The clock is covered with a square glass dome.  With the dome in place it is almost 25 inches high.  We have seen other imported scissors clocks that were not nearly as nice as this one for this one has a 24K gold plated finish and not the cheaper antique finish that will wear and tarnish.  I will admit that this type clock is not for everyone but if you want a clock that is different and beautiful, you will love this one.  The two pieces will be shipped in separate and well packed traveling double boxes.  $750-$1000.

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19.            $800

Congreve Rolling Ball Clock a working copy of the original fusee clock invented by William Congreve in 1808.   It uses a ball rolling instead of a pendulum to regulate the time.  The ball rolls down a zig zag track where it trips the escapement which in turn reverses the tilt of the tray.  Information I was able to glean from the internet said the Congreve clocks are unreliable timekeepers.   I keep it on my desk, not as a time keeper but the rolling ball noise to keep me awake.  All of this clock has a bright 24K gold plating, even the winding key.  The glass display case has a hinged front door to open for easy winding.  The wood base with drawer is a beauty in itself.  The picture showing the glass case I plagiarized from the internet.  My glass case is safely stored in its shipping carton and I did not wish to remove all the packing.  The clock is on my desk with the ball rolling constantly.  I have never checked the porcelain dials to see if it is keeping time, for frankly I don’t care as there are many other timekeeping clocks hanging and ticking everywhere.  $1000-$1250.

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42.            $1000

Hamilton Watch Co., Lancaster, PA “Model 22” U. S.  Navy, 8-day, 21 jewel, adjusted chronometer watch in a mahogany gimbaled box, ca 1943.  Numeral dial signed, “Hamilton / Lancaster, PA, U. S. A.”.  There is also a silver plate on the front of the box that is also signed.  The inner box has a color crystal over the watch white dial.  The watch and boxes are in excellent condition.  The 35-size watch is in excellent running order. $1250-$1750.

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50.            $500

Large French brass figural clock featuring a pair of peacocks. It is 25 inches wide and 17. 5 inches high, and very heavy.  The metal castings are resting on a large slab of multi colored marble.  There are four brass feet underneath.  The 8-day round movement is signed, “Made In France”, and has a bras bell and French pendulum.  It has been running consistently since it came to us.  The brass dial is slightly bowed and unsigned, while the brass sash is holding a convex glass.  One peacock is missing its crest, otherwise there are no missing parts.  All of the metal is dark and tarnished, apparently has never been cleaned or polished.  The consignor said he purchased the clock that was part of a huge collection of French clocks.  $600-$800.

 

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93.            $2000

English large cathedral style skeleton clock, ca 1875. Gothic Roman numeral silvered dial with heart form piercing and scalloped edges, and blued steel hands.  The movement is 8-day time and strike, double chain fusee, passing strike on a silver bell on the half hours and counting the hours on a large coil gong.  There is a presentation plaque on the front showing the clock was presented to “Mr.  Thomas Holden / Victoria Mill, Baxenden”, a town in northwest England.  The clock on the base, without the dome, is 24 inches tall.  With the dome in place it is 27 inches tall.  An identical clock by the same maker, without a glass dome and a replaced base, sold at Schmitt’s May 2015 auction for $3600 plus 15%.  $2500-$3500.