This French desk clock and inkwell combination, by Bonnet & Pottier, is just stunning. The black marble base is naturally streaked with wonderful tan incursions that give the marble a wonderful look. The clock has a porcelain dial that exhibits hand-painted gadroons that arch from one chapter to another. This is contrasted by the Louis XIV gold hands which are artfully pierced and indicate the time opposite Arabic numerals. The movement is an eight jewel, balance wheel, movement that is running like the proverbial top. It measures 18" long, by 7" wide, by 10" tall. The top of the clock is ornamented by two cavorting gilded birds and the base is flanked by twin inkwells with hinged tops. This would be a lovely piece to grace your desk. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with complete confidence.
The English Fusee Gallery Clock is a Classic and this is one of the nicest ones we have ever had the pleasure to own. It measures 16" in diameter, by 7" deep. These clocks were used in many public places and the pendulum was kept hidden inside of the case so that it could not be easily tampered with nor would it be a distraction. If you are not familiar with the concept of the "Fusee," try to imagine a short cone with a grooved track that starts at the base of the cone and then in one continuous track ascends to the top of the cone. This was a very clever device that allowed a very even power distribution from fully wound to almost wound down. The mainsprings that were being made at this time, circa 1870, were not capable of delivery an even amount of power to the movement over the course of a week. The clock would run faster when fully wound-up, and slower as the spring lost power over the course of 7 days. To circumvent this problem the mainspring barrel had a tiny chain (made like a bicycle chain) that wrapped around the outside of the barrel (the housing for the mainspring). When the clock was wound the chain was pulled off the barrel and on to the "Fusee" cone, with the first windings taking up the biggest diameter of the cone. Once fully wound, the spring would exert a force around the smallest diameter of the cone, but as the mainspring lost power it would pull across an increasingly larger and larger diameter of the cone, thereby getting a mechanical advantage and delivering very even power for an entire week. Very clever...No? This is one of the reasons that these clocks are of interest today. Pocket watches of the era had the same mechanism in them for the same reason. As steel became more readily available and with better composition the power issues were a thing of the past. This is interesting if you are into mechanical things as we are but the clock has such great panache that its presence really overshadows the mechanical aspects. I think it is the silvered dial that is inlaid with fired enamel that makes the statement loud and clear! The fact that the maker's name "I. Wynn" is a homophone and a desirable victory cry just makes me smile. This particular maker hailed from Windsor and I'm sure caught the attention of the royal family due to the exceptional quality of his clocks. The clock is fully restored and warrantied for one year. If you are looking for a really nice fusee then this may be the one for you! Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to purchase with complete confidence.
It isn't often that we come across such a nice example of a French wall clock, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then. The three-dimensional carving on the case is just spectacular and every other element just adds to the drama. The central lion's head protrudes from the case just above the 12 o'clock position as though it were leaping out of the case itself. The "wing-like" finials and overtopping urn shape add to the overall effect and are balanced by the wonderful treatment at the case bottom. The chapters are porcelain cartouches that really make the dial easy to read and are quite dramatic. The gilded hands are pierced to give them an elegant appearance and a nice contrast against the walnut dial. The entire facade of this great timepiece is hinged to open like a book so that the owner can gain access to the movement and the pendulum. As you articulate the facade the dial remains in place as the facade moves away for access. The entire case is French walnut and is executed in the grand style of an 1870s gallery clock. The movement is a "threaded verge" which is an eight day, time and strike, on a coiled gong. Our head clock maker has fully restored the movement so that it can give you a lifetime of dependable timekeeping. It is just a fabulous clock...don't miss it!
Elias Ingraham was the founder of the Ingraham Clock Company that had its origins in 19th century Connecticut. He was one of a handful of luminaries in the clock business back in the day. Ingraham and other clock makers of that time period were really the inventors of the American clock industry. I can remember many hours staring at a clock just like this in my grammar school room praying that the school day would soon end. Those hours seemed like an eternity. Here I am, many years later adoring the look of these old school house clocks. This one is particularly nice and for those who do not wish to have a loud chime in the home, this one is perfect, since it is time-only. The octagonal shape is a classic and it has an easy-to-read dial that is contrasted by blued steel ornately pierced hands that indicate the hours and minutes. The case is oak and it has a very nice rilled inner boarder that frames the brass bezel. The brass pendulum bob has very defined concentric circles that give it a handsome appearance. It is an eight day, time-only clock, circa 1910, in good running condition. This clock has a very impressive appearance on the wall. It comes with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor, so you may buy with confidence.
Carriage Clocks were designed to travel with the owner, back in the day when travel by carriage was the most luxurious form of transport. When your servants were packing up the household necessities in order to re-locate to the country house you would always take your "Carriage Clock" along, not only as a reliable timekeeper but as a status symbol. Many of the carriage clocks were large devices that required a hefty hand to tote but this miniature is an easy one to carry and/or display. Standing slightly taller than 3 inches it has all the features you see in much larger clocks. The movement boasts a "Platform Escapement," a Porcelain Dial with Roman numerals, and Louis XIV Gold Hands. It is key wind, key set from the rear and it is encased in beveled glass on all sides. This is a great clock in near perfect condition that has been lovingly restored. Needless to say our head clockmaker has it running like a proverbial top. Don't miss it!
Made in Budapest, Hungary, circa 1900, this fabulous, enameled easel clock is the perfect Art Nouveau desk clock. It is key wind, and key set, from the rear. The Swiss movement winds, sets, and runs just as it did over 100 years ago. The gilded tendrils that form the case work are indicative of the age as they embrace the hand painted panels that depict three "putti's" hovering above an enthralled couple in a sylvan glade. The enamel work is exquisite and undamaged. We constantly search for high quality examples of the enameler's art...especially from the Art Nouveau period...and they are few and far between. As an added bonus, the dial is Mother-of-Pearl that provides a great shimmering background for the "blued steel" hands. If you are desirous of a really nice enameled Art Nouveau clock this may be the one for you. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
Tiffany is, of course, legendary for choosing only the finest examples of the horological art from the great houses of Europe. While they never manufactured their own clocks and watches, they choose only the highest quality to represent their name. This is one of the most spectacular examples of an elegant desk clock that we have ever had the pleasure to own. It is an eight day sterling and enamel desk clock with an articulated head, with a fifteen jewel movement by Concord. Once you see it in-person you realize that it is such an attractive piece that you cannot resist holding it in your hand. It is evocative of the Roaring Twenties and the enamel work is exquisite. The dial center is executed in a guilloche pattern (engine turning) with a covering of transparent purple enamel that emanates from the dial center. The chapters are on a separate ring with a dark ground and gold Arabic Numerals with minute dots that makes the time of day easily readable. The "Cathedral" style hands hold lume in them like a stained glass window and they still have a faint glow in the dark. The central case body is also guilloche with purple enamel, as is the flare at the base junction. This all sits on a white marble base that makes it quite stable on your desk. The clock's head is articulated just below the 6 o'clock position so that you can tilt it back at a convenient angle for easy viewing. The very edge of the base bears the Tiffany hallmark and the Sterling Silver mark. The overall height of the clock is 6" by 3.25" at the base diameter, and displaying a 2.25" dial.
It is just spectacular...and it can be yours. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
These clocks were for the French merchant that wanted something special and elegant in his shop to give customers the correct time and add a touch of class to the shop. The name came from the preponderance of this type of clock that was found in French Bakeries. This particular clock is an unusual example having inlaid Mother-of-Pearl against a black background on the bezel and dial surround. The contrasting red trim adds just a touch of eye appeal. The dial is a all porcelain and displays individually fired bombe chapters with Roman numerals that have individual brass surrounds. The buled steel pierced hands add the final touch that give this clock a spectacular appearance. The clock strikes the hours on a coiled gong and is eight day running. The front bezel hinges from the top to gain easy access to the pendulum. Circa 1870 it's good for yet another hundred years.