AUCTION : 0519

Lots 798 - 810: Chronometers & Deck Watches

Lot#: 798

DESCRIPTION: Sumner Smith, Hartford, Ct., a mid 19th century, American made chronometer movement with spring detent escapement, brass, undersprung balance with three steel screws, the balance spring with three turns, the staff with steel impulse and unlocking pallets, blued and polished steel regulator, Earnshaw's escapement, the detent mounted to a brass block and with slotted foot to permit adjustment, D shaped locking stone projecting downward, and passing spring riveted in place, five wheel train with going barrel, gilt plates with turned baluster pillars, and barrel bridge engraved "Sumner Smith Hartford", and mainspring signed "Quelet", roman numeral white enamel dial, with gold spade and poker hands, contained in a protective, cylindrical brass bowl with hinged, gilt bezel and hinged, glazed bottom, and purpose made, contemporary round cardboard box with marbleized paper covering, a paper which was found inside the box from one of Smith's neighbors with partial name and address, and two broken detents, one with D spade steel locking piece, a brass detent mounting block, and three small screws, and a small archive of recent research into the maker and timepiece.
CONDITION: movement complete, gilding in good condition, good staff, steel impulse pallet with minor bend, bowl good, bezel glass missing, bezel with a few casting flaws, two screws which attach the bezel and movement to the cylinder broken, dial with two small edge chips and missing one foot, hands good, cardboard box with wear, paper found inside box with losses. Sumner Smith (Nov. 1, 1811- Dec. 29, 1847) was born in Brighton, Mass. to Benjamin Smith and Mary Graves. He had arrived in Hartford by 1830, and is listed in directories as a jeweler, watchmaker, and finally horologist. In 1841 he married Mary Goodwin, and his working address, 166 Main St., Hartford, is that of his father in law Horace Goodwin, who kept, " constantly on hand for sale at reasonable prices, Watches, Jewelry, Fancy Goods, Musical Instruments, Music and Music Books, Looking Glasses, Housekeeping Hardware, and any quantity of Military Goods". An article published in the NAWCC Bulletin, Vol. 57, No. 417, p.404- 407, details recent research into Smith and this timepiece, and includes a newspaper ad, placed by Smith in the July 20, 1842 edition of the Connecticut Courant, which states that "As a specimen of his work, a Ship Chronometer, made by the subscriber, can be seen at the store of H. Goodwin, 2d., No. 166 Main St, Hartford". It also details a spat between Sumner Smith and Lorenzo Church, who had worked for Bliss and Creighton in New York, which played out in the pages of the same newspaper during the month of October, 1842, regarding the timepiece in Smith's July 20th ad. The mainspring, signed "Quelet", and dated 1840, is probably the work of George L. Quelet, a mainspring manufacturer located at 33 Roosevelt Street, NY. Springs signed by Quelet have been found in at least one clock by Aaron Dodd Crane, and also a chronometer by Eggert & Son of New York. The chronometer is very unlike imported products of the period, and it seems a reasonable conclusion that the timepiece (with the exception of the dial) is of Smith's manufacture, and the one that he advertised in the Courant. As such, it is an important document of early American clock and watch making. For more information on George Quelet, see "Marine Chronometers At Greenwich" by Jonathan Betts, page 378, paragraph 3.
ESTIMATE: $1800 - $2500
PRICE SOLD: $3000
CIRCA: 1842

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Lot#: 799

DESCRIPTION: Reid & Sons, Newcastle On Tyne, a boxed, eight day marine chronometer, 14 jewel brass movement with spotted plates, Earnshaw's escapement, cut bimetallic balance with Pooles auxiliary compensation, cylindrical weights, and blued helical balance spring, signed, roman numeral silvered dial with subsidiary dials for seconds and state of winding, gold spade and poker hands, in a brass, gimballed bowl, and housed in a Macassar ebony, three tier box with brass corners, handles, and line inlay, the top with inlaid brass shield, and front with signed, inset mother of pearl plaque, with winding key, serial #4847
CONDITION: box dirty and with marks and dings, top warped and with splits, losses to brass line inlay, brass exterior components tarnished, upper tier glass missing, strips for securing it in place present, bowl with spotting and corrosion, bowl and movement also with crude electric pen engraving, dial with minor spotting, hands dirty, movement with strong whale oil odor, plates with minor spotting, some screws with minor losses to blue, will run, needs service
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
PRICE SOLD: $3400

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Lot#: 800

DESCRIPTION: Hamilton Watch Co., Lancaster, Penn., model 21 marine chronometer with glass bowl and wooden stand, 14 jewel, key wind and set, grained nickel plate movement with spring detent escapement and chronometer balance with helical spring, arabic numeral silvered metal dial with wind indicator, black painted steel spade and poker hands, the timepiece contained in a purpose made glass bowl with mahogany display stand, serial #2E12586, with key
CONDITION: bowl and stand good, some excess silicone where the metal components join the glass, bezel with minor tarnish, silvered portion of bezel with scratches, glass with minor scratches, dial and hands very good, some loss to silvering beneath bezel, movement with specks of dirt, plates with fine scratches, top plate with dings near balance cock, back of balance cock with fine scratches, movement will run, low balance amplitude, oil thickened, service recommended
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $900

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Lot#: 801

DESCRIPTION: Hamilton Watch Co., Lancaster, Penn., a model 21 marine chronometer with inner and outer boxes, for restoration
CONDITION: the boxes are good overall, chronometer partially disassembled, includes the dial and a divided plastic box with the under dial components, hands, a new detent and locking stone, and other miscellaneous parts
ESTIMATE: $500 - $750
PRICE SOLD: $1000
CIRCA: 1940
DIMENSIONS: 9.25in x 10in x 10in

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Lot#: 802

DESCRIPTION: Longines, Switzerland, mounted lever escapement chronometer, brass bound, gimbaled, three tier hardwood box, the lid with plaque marked "Longines Watch Co. No. 2977195", arabic numeral silvered dial with wind indicator, blued steel spade and poker hands, 15 jewel, adjusted, caliber 21. 29 movement with lever escapement, micrometric regulator, and cut, Guillaume style bimetallic balance, serial #2975975, c1910
CONDITION: box with minor marks and dings, top slightly warped, quadrant hinge missing, dial with scratches and minor discoloration, hands with minor loss to blue, gimbal and bowl polished, movement with minor scratches, plates a bit hazy, dirty, running, needs service
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
PRICE SOLD: $700
DIMENSIONS: 4.5in x 4.5in x 4.5in

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Lot#: 803

DESCRIPTION: American Waltham Watch Co., Waltham, Mass., an 8 day, mounted deck watch with wind indicator, 37 size, 15 jewels, stem wind and set, adjusted, damascened nickel plate movement, roman numeral silvered dial with blued steel hands, contained in a gimballed brass bowl with knurled silver bezel, with brass bound, three tier mahogany box, and cherry outer box with leather strap and buckle, a Waltham rate card, and two "Standard Time" cards, serial #19042507
CONDITION: outer box refinished, and with minor dings and scratches, leather strap with degradation and repair, inner box good, the top with a few scrapes, upper tier with two edge dings, finish with crazing, gimbal and bowl with spotting, dial and hands very good, movement with minor marks and scratches, running, cards good
ESTIMATE: $450 - $650
PRICE SOLD: $700
CIRCA: 1915
DIMENSIONS: 7.25in x 10in x 7.25in

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Lot#: 804

DESCRIPTION: American Waltham Watch Co., Waltham, Mass., an 8 day, mounted deck watch with wind indicator, 37 size, 15 jewels, stem wind and set, adjusted, damascened nickel plate movement, arabic numeral silvered dial with blued steel hands, contained in a gimballed brass bowl with brass bezel, within a brass bound, three tier mahogany box, and cherry outer box with leather strap and buckle, and digital copies of a Waltham rate card, and two "Standard Time" cards, serial #16629534
CONDITION: outer box in an old finish, with dings and scratches, top and bottom with split, leather strap worn, inner box refinished, left side of lid sanded and with dark staining, brass corners on lid replaced, catch button replaced, catch will not engage, gimbal and bowl cleaned, dial with minor spotting and discoloration, hands with a few spots of oxide, movement with marks ands scratches, oily and dirty, running, crown will not engage to wind unless pressed down firmly, setting ok
ESTIMATE: $400 - $500
PRICE SOLD: $400
CIRCA: 1910
DIMENSIONS: 7.25in x 10in x 7.25in

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Lot#: 805

DESCRIPTION: Richard Hornby, Liverpool, a small two day marine chronometer and bowl only, 11 jewel fusee movement with Hornby's adjustable Earnshaw style detent, cut bimetallic balance, trapezoidal compensation weights, and blued steel helical balance spring, signed, roman numeral silvered dial with wind indicator below 12:00, gold spade and poker hands, and contained in a lacquered brass bowl with screw bezel, serial #347, c1830, together with a pocket watch movement only, also by Hornby, having an 11 jewel gilt movement with Massey II type roller, serial #19921, c1820
CONDITION: both running, both in need of service
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $600

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Lot#: 806

DESCRIPTION: Elgin Watch Co., Elgin, Illinois, a gimballed deck watch with boxes, 18 size, 15 jewels, stem wind and set, damascened nickel plate movement, roman numeral silvered dial with subsidiary seconds and blued steel hands, contained in a gimballed brass bowl, and within a brass bound mahogany box, and with outer, lined cherry box with leather strap, serial #20297002
CONDITION: outer box with staining, scratches and losses to finish, leather strap broken, top with minor split, inner box finish with crazing, top with dings and scratches, dial restored, hands replaced, gimbal and bowl polished, movement with fine marks and scratches, very dirty, running
ESTIMATE: $300 - $400
PRICE SOLD: $425
CIRCA: 1920
DIMENSIONS: 7.25in x 10in x 7.25in

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Lot#: 807

DESCRIPTION: Zenith, Switzerland, a two day, boxed, rim wind and set, lever chronometer, the gilt, 19 jewel, 3/4 plate movement with fish scale damascening, large, monometallic balance, Breguet overcoil balance spring, plain regulator and micrometric adjustment for regulator pin spacing, arabic numeral silvered dial marked "Chronometre Zenith", with subsidiary seconds and wind indicator, blued steel hands, and contained in a brass bowl with gimbals, all mounted in a locking mahogany box with plaque marked "Chronometer Zenith Grand Prix Paris 1901, serial #30021
CONDITION: box with dings and scratches, lid lacking finish, plaque on inside of lid loose, bowl and gimbal polished and lacquered, dial good, hands with minor scratches, movement gummy and dirty, balance staff good, not running although fully wound, needs service
ESTIMATE: $300 - $400
PRICE SOLD: $750
CIRCA: 1910
DIMENSIONS: 4in x 6in x 5.75in

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Lot#: 808

DESCRIPTION: Lot of three Elgin 600 chronometer movements, for parts or restoration, with bowls and gimbals
CONDITION: all missing detent, balance complete, escape wheel complete, and fusee chains
ESTIMATE: $300 - $500
PRICE SOLD: $700

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Lot#: 809

DESCRIPTION: Philadelphia College of Horology, an unusual student piece with electrically impulsed lever escapement, the timepiece with large balance, fancy gilt balance cock with Church style regulator, counterpoised lever, and arabic numeral skeletonized dial exposing the gilt movement, brass hands with the initials "E. G.", all mounted to an oblong, German silver plate engraved "Philadelphia College of Horology", and contained in a heavily molded, conforming hardwood case
CONDITION: case lacking finish, and with scratches, scrapes, and minor losses, left side joints separating, hanging hook added, oblong plate retained by modern finishing nails, movement components dirty, balance staff appears to be short when case is laying flat, but oscillates freely when hanging, minor tarnish on German silver components, losses to gilding, hands tarnished, circuit functional, but the various parts will require cleaning and adjustment in order to restore the clock to operating condition, remnant of battery clamp inside base of case badly rusted, oblong plate not secure within case. It appears that this piece was designed to operate in the horizontal position, and had a protective oval dome. This is further reinforced by the fact that the oblong plate relies on gravity alone to keep it in place. The terminals flanking the balance cock are for the battery, and the impulse is delivered through an electromagnet attached to the lower end of the " pallet" arbor, beneath the oblong plate. The circuit is completed by a pawl on the balance staff pushing a lever into a contact, the hands advanced incrementally at every other vibration of the balance by a pawl on the upper end of the "pallet" assembly.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1200
PRICE SOLD: $1100

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Lot#: 810

DESCRIPTION: Robert H. Ingersoll & Bros., New York, NY, an Ingersoll counter top display case with twelve pocket watches, the glazed case with canted front, nickel plated frame, and decorative, embossed corners, the front glass with gilt lettering, "Ingersoll Dollar Watch All Guaranteed Ingersoll Watches", the side glasses marked "The Ingersoll Watches", the back with hinged door, and the interior lined with blue velvet, and with space for 12 watches, the watches included manufactured by Ingersoll, Smiths, Ansonia, and others
CONDITION: glasses and lettering good, frame with a few minor dents, corners with wear to plating, interior lining faded and with minor losses, watches fair to good, running condition unknown
ESTIMATE: $300 - $400
PRICE SOLD: $700
CIRCA: 1900
DIMENSIONS: 9in x 8.5in x 9.25in

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