Leopold Feuerstein, Chicago, Illinois, an unusual moving eye shelf or mantel clock, tall chestnut and walnut case with molded base, sides, and top, gabled front with central composition mask, glazed, full length door revealing the roman numeral white enamel dial and full length chromolithograph of a woman, standing and with her right elbow resting on a pedestal, her left shading her eyes, head turned and looking off into the distance, and aperture for switch at her right, 8 day time and strike movement with inverted U shaped pendulum suspension frame, allowing the rod to receive impulse and animate the eyes, interior of back door with handwritten inscription "Patented Nov. 9 1886 Leopold Feuerstein 701 S. Halsted St"
CONDITION: case refinished, composition ornaments at top corners with minor losses and one absent, dial with fading and chips, bezel missing, lithograph with cracks and tears where the mechanism for the moving eyes is mounted, switch to silence striking detached but present, movement and gong mounting holes moved, ticks and strikes, would benefit from service. A copy of the patent document is included with the lot. Leopold Feuerstein is listed as a jeweler at 701 Halsted St. in the 1876 edition of "The Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago". While the idea of a moving eye clock was not original to Feuerstein, his patent states that the "object of my invention is to afford a device which shall serve as an accessory attachment to the ordinary forms of pendulum clocks, by which and observer shall be enabled to determine at a glance whether or not the clock is going..". There is no mention of the strike/silent switch in the patent. The patent document also states that the drawing and specification were not accompanied by a model, and so this may have been Feuerstein's prototype.
ESTIMATE: $300 - $400
PRICE SOLD: $350
DIMENSIONS: 26.75in x 11.75in x 5.25in