AUCTION : 0519

Lots 258 - 274: Swinging Arm Clocks & Vienna Style Clocks

Lot#: 258

DESCRIPTION: France, "Volubilis" swinging mystery clock, 8 day, time only, spring driven movement contained within the upper green patinated sphere of the compound pendulum, applied roman numerals, cast metal ornament and fancy pierced brass hands, all held aloft by the patinated cast figure of a woman on a turned wood base titled as above and attributed to the sculptor J. Caussé.
CONDITION: wood base with minor dings, patination on figure is very good with a bronze color for the skin tones and a slightly greener tone for the dress, statue casting is signed on the back, plaque on wood base with title and name of sculptor, clock is in very good condition, movement stamped "R / 1502", movement escapes, the swing arm is too short for the statue so we conclude that they may not have started life together, thumb screw to retain swing arm is replaced.
ESTIMATE: $1200 - $1500
PRICE SOLD: $1200
CIRCA: 1900
DIMENSIONS: 30in x 8in x 10in

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Lot#: 259

DESCRIPTION: Mobile Watch Co., Switzerland, "Oscillator" swinging mystery clock, 8 day, time only, spring driven pendulum movement in a swinging compound pendulum, arabic numeral white enamel dial with blued steel hands, all held aloft by a cast patinated figure of a young man playing a long trumpet-like instrument, and standing atop a turned wood base.
CONDITION: the spelter figure is in very good condition with the smallest of missing bronze finish. A rear plate on the base of the figure may read "GERMANY" but it is difficult to be certain. The turned wood base has a few minor bumps and nicks. Nice old patina on the Swiss-made swing arm. Bottom finial may be absent. Rear of the case has had its gold colored finish scrubbed off. Signed dial is excellent and reads "OSCILLATOR / 8 DAYS / Mobile Watch Co. / SWISS MADE". Signed movement with patent numbers. Small watch-size movement actually has a very small pendulum and a 1908 patent date. Movement ticks.
ESTIMATE: $900 - $1200
PRICE SOLD: $475
CIRCA: 1910
DIMENSIONS: 17in x 5in x 6in

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Lot#: 260

DESCRIPTION: France, probably Eugène Farcot, Paris, swinging doll clock, 8 day, time and strike, spring driven movement, chaff-cutter escapement with two escape wheels in an alabaster case with cast metal ornament and urn finial, roman numeral white enamel chapter ring with blued steel Breguet style hands, and cast putto figure pendulum swinging front-to-back, all under a large glass dome
CONDITION: small edge chips to alabaster case, one large loss to top of upper left of case, much of the original gilding remains on cast metal pieces, enamel dial is good, plain dial center is tarnished, urn finial is loose, bell is absent, movement is loose in case, movement will need to be serviced, old glass dome, new wood base. The movement is stamped with serial number 63506, "Echappement Brevet", a trademark featuring a bird with double-ended arrow, and "FOT" which was used to indicate "Farcot". This is an unusually nice model of this type of swinging doll clock that needs only a little attention.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1000
PRICE SOLD: $950
CIRCA: 1880
DIMENSIONS: 22in x 17in x 9in

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Lot#: 261

DESCRIPTION: André Romain Guilmet, Paris, France, swinging mystery clock, 8 day, time only, spring driven movement with small pendulum powering the swing of the larger compound pendulum, the movement in a nickel plated canister style head, the roman numeral white enamel dial with blued steel distaff hands, all held aloft by a patinated cast falconer figure standing on a molded metal base.
CONDITION: cast spelter figure with with good original surface, suspension spring in need of repair, movement stamped "Medaille D'Or / GLT / Paris" and " 8299", setting knob replaced and epoxied on, dial with a multitude of cracks and a few losses.
ESTIMATE: $700 - $900
PRICE SOLD: $475
CIRCA: 1880
DIMENSIONS: 22.5in x 7in x 8in

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Lot#: 262

DESCRIPTION: Rev. Benjamin C. Phelps, Wethersfield, Ct., an unusual signed and dated two train skeleton clock, the thick brass frames supported by a pair of conical pillars with knurled caps and bases, wheel work with four and five spoke crossings, cut steel pinions, the barrels decorated with engraved, overlapping circles, recoil escapement with carnelian Brocot pallets, count wheel outside the front plate and to the left of the roman numeral white enamel dial, count wheel detent lever above the dial and marked "B.C. Phelps 1884", pendulum with square steel rod and brass clad bob, all beneath an oval glass dome with conforming, ebonized wooden base
CONDITION: dial with filled losses above center arbor and with numerous hairlines, hands abraded and with minor oxidation, cock retaining strike ratchet separating from its base, all brass components with tarnish, movement very oily and dirty, steel components with minor oxidation, escape wheel appears to have always been mounted as it is presently, pendulum with minor oxidation and tarnish, suspension spring soldered to rod, ebonizing on base with minor losses, dome good. Reverend Benjamin C. Phelps (1810-1896) was born in Sand Lake, New York. The 1840 Federal Census records his location as East Windsor, Ct., and the 1850 Census finds him in East Hartford. The state gazeteer and business directory of 1865-66 states that he is chaplain at Wethersfield State Prison. This clock and three others are discussed and illustrated in the NAWCC bulletin, vol. 20, number 194, page 244- 256. The first two are timepieces, with frames modeled on their English counterparts. The others have unique frames, presumably of his own design. The last clock in the Bulletin article was apparently unfinished, as there were empty holes in the plates, and no dial. It was later donated to othe American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut, and has had components made by the late Adolph Amend, Jr. fitted to complete the clock.
ESTIMATE: $1500 - $2500
PRICE SOLD: $2400
CIRCA: 1884
DIMENSIONS: 15.25in x 10.5in x 6in

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Lot#: 263

DESCRIPTION: Gebrüder Junghans, Schramberg, Germany, kangaroo swinging mystery clock, 8 day, time only, spring driven movement contained in a compound pendulum held aloft in the mouth of a cast kangaroo figure, arabic numeral white enamel dial, and blued steel hands.
CONDITION: the cast figure is spelter and in surprisingly good condition. There is a small hole from casting process on the top of the animal's head. The wood base has some very small scratches. Some gilding worn off the swing arm. Signed enamel dial has three hairline cracks. Signed movement with centrally located winding and setting knobs and mainspring within a going barrel.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $1000
CIRCA: 1910
DIMENSIONS: 12.25in x 13in x 4in

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Lot#: 264

DESCRIPTION: France, gravity clock, 8 day, time only, weight driven rack-and-pinion movement with lever platform escapement in a oak case with four turned post and broken arch top, roman numeral white enamel dial with arabic red numerals at the quarters, blued steel spade hands
CONDITION: figured oak case with original finish has been nicely rubbed down. Dial and hands are very good. The stone-like composite surrounding the movement has been repaired, but this is hard to detect. Balance and hairspring appear to be sound, but the escape wheel does not have adequate end-shake to move freely, so the movement will require service. Movement is stamped "MADE IN FRANCE" and "PAT 2314910". A nicely made gravity clock.
ESTIMATE: $700 - $900
PRICE SOLD: $250
CIRCA: 1900
DIMENSIONS: 14.5in x 7.5in x 5.5in

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Lot#: 266

DESCRIPTION: Anton Liszt in Wien, a small Biedermeier hanging timepiece with alarm, the rectilinear, three light case with figured mahogany veneers and contrasting stringing, incurved bottom bracket, and projecting ogee cornice below the incurved, cock beaded top, signed, roman numeral white enamel one piece dial with finely cast gilt bezel, blued steel hands and polished steel alarm indicator, weight driven brass, 8 day movement with dead beat escapement, maintaining power, and spring powered alarm train, wound by pulling a cord at the left side of the bottom bracket, and sounding on a small bell, polished steel pendulum rod with brass bob, brass clad weight, and silvered, bottom mounted beat scale
CONDITION: minor repairs to veneers, bottom bracket secured to case with screws through the case back and also through the bracket, back board with significant warp, one stabilizer missing, dial with scratches, minute hand with minor bend, movement with minor tarnish and staining, time and alarm trains functional, pendulum bob with minor abrasion, suspension spring short, weight with tarnish and staining
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
PRICE SOLD: $2200
CIRCA: 1840
DIMENSIONS: 26.5in x 9.5in x 4.25in

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Lot#: 267

DESCRIPTION: Germany or Austria, Vienna Regulator in Alt Deutsch style, 30 day, grand sonnerie striking weight driven movement, with enameled rate adjustment indicator in center of pendulum, in a mahogany and burl mahogany case with carved capitals and bases and fluted half columns with a white enamel two part dial
CONDITION: the case retains an old finish with a professionally repaired split on top of door and a base that needs tightening. The dial is in very good condition. This is an impressive high quality long duration example.
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
PRICE SOLD: $4200
CIRCA: 1875
DIMENSIONS: 70in x 19in x 9.25in

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Lot#: 268

DESCRIPTION: Lenzkirch AG, Lenzkirch, Germany, open-well wall clock, 8 day, time and strike, spring driven brass movement in a walnut case with a profusion of cast brass trim, the fancy cast dial plate with individual enamel cartouche numerals, pierced black hands, and cast pendulum with sun motif.
CONDITION: At the bottom, there is one small crack in the perimeter bronze that is not noticeable from a distance. The wood mask around the dial has splits at the top and bottom. The screws associated with the cracks have been removed. Very good dial and nice cast pendulum. The signed movement is serial number 88512. The movement is clean and strikes the hours on a large cathedral gong.
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
PRICE SOLD: $4800
CIRCA: 1895
DIMENSIONS: 40in x 13in x 5.5in

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Lot#: 269

DESCRIPTION: Austria, Vienna regulator wall clock, 8 day, time and quarter strike, three train weight driven movement in a hardwood and veneered walnut case with turned and carved elements, two-piece roman numeral white enamel dial with pierced black steel hands.
CONDITION: The case is in nice condition with a rubbed-down finish and some small repairs. Two cracks forming in the top arch of the door. Bottom finial is a replacement. Front glass is wavy and side glasses are modern. Dial and hands are excellent. The unsigned movement has been serviced recently and is quite clean. A large and impressive clock.
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1500
PRICE SOLD: $550
CIRCA: 1875
DIMENSIONS: 58.5in x 19in x 9in

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Lot#: 270

DESCRIPTION: Gustav Becker, Frieberg, Germany, Vienna-style regulator wall clock, 8 day, time and quarter strike, three train weight driven movement in a mahogany veneer case with carved half-columns, two piece roman numeral white enamel dial with black steel hands
CONDITION: the case is in good condition. The finish is either in good original condition or has been rubbed down a little to improve the original. One small crack forming in the top of the door arch. Dial is very good. Door glass is modern. Nice polish on the brass clad pendulum bob and weights. The movement bears the Becker trademark and gold metal stamp. The movement is serial number 211079.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1000
PRICE SOLD: $425
CIRCA: 1878
DIMENSIONS: 48in x 16.5in x 7in

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Lot#: 272

DESCRIPTION: Austria, Vienna regulator, 30 day, time only, weight driven brass movement in an ebonized Biedermeier style case, two-piece roman number white enamel dial with pie crust bezel, and pierced blued steel hands.
CONDITION: the bottom six inches of the case are probably more recent. This section would have had a different configuration in the mid-19th Century. The three top and bottom center finials are replacements. The two lower side finials are original. The door glass is slightly wavy. The unsigned movement is original to the case and the dial. The dial has two fine hairline cracks. The hands and bezel are original. Seems to run fine.
ESTIMATE: $700 - $900
PRICE SOLD: $650
CIRCA: 1845
DIMENSIONS: 47in x 12.5in x 5.75in

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Lot#: 273

DESCRIPTION: Austria, Vienna regulator wall clock, 8 day, time and grand sonnerie strike, three train weight driven movement in walnut Second Baroque style case with carved crest and inset backboard panel, roman numeral white enamel chapter with engraved dial center, three subsidiary dials for seconds and two additional time zones, fancy pierced steel hands, engraved dial, weights and pendulum.
CONDITION: case with numerous new components, all hands replaced, dial with hairline, movement complete and functional. The glass on front of case needs to be replaced.
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
PRICE SOLD: $1900
CIRCA: 1890
DIMENSIONS: 48in x 14in x 6.5in

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Lot#: 274

DESCRIPTION: J. Paul Hellmuth, Nuremberg, Germany, Vienna-style regulator wall clock, 8 day, time only, weight driven movement with center seconds and seconds-beating compound pendulum in a hardwood case with walnut veneer, two piece white enamel dial with roman numerals and black steel hands.
CONDITION: the case has been refinished and is very glossy. Finials are replacements. Trefoil hands have been painted black. There are two small hairline cracks near 4:00 on the dial. The movement bears the Hellmuth trademark-- a helmet with the letters "UTH". The glasses are modern. Note that the suspension point for the pendulum is about a third of the way down the case and the " double bob" pendulum is suspended on a knife edge at that point. The clock is visually interesting because the pendulum beats more slowly than the eye expects.
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
PRICE SOLD: $950
CIRCA: 1890
DIMENSIONS: 42in x 13.5in x 6in

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