HORTON'S ANTIQUE CLOCKS                             JULY 2019


31.           $1500

French automaton globe clock with whale oil container, ca 1850-1880.The movement in the base is probably an 8-day, time only of course, running, and is high grade like you find in French carriage clocks. The pendulum locks down on the bottom. The pointer is stationary while the globe turns. The whale oil reservoir is inside the globe. Whale oil was highly prized from 1750 to 1850 as the best lamp oil fuel. It burned at a steady rate, very brightly and with little smoke. You could add oil and tell time at night. The case is brass, glass globe and glass chimney at the top, and is 15 inches tall. We took the clock to several clock meetings and showed the rare clock to several collector experts and all said they had never seen any clock/lamp like this one. Everyone wanted to buy it, but we felt like we needed to do more research. The globe is broken and glued poorly. The glue can be cleaned off or the better solution would be to have an expert take it apart and reglue it. $2000-$3000.

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