A fine and rare gilt brass centre seconds eight-day travelling timepiece Charles Frodsham & Co, 84 Strand, London, no 1651
Lot 102
A fine and rare gilt brass centre seconds eight-day travelling timepiece. One of only four known to exist. Charles Frodsham & Co, 84 Strand, London, no 1651
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 20,990) inc. premium
Auction Details
A fine and rare gilt brass centre seconds eight-day travelling timepiece Charles Frodsham & Co, 84 Strand, London, no 1651
Lot Details
A fine and rare gilt brass centre seconds eight-day travelling timepiece. One of only four known to exist.
Charles Frodsham & Co, 84 Strand, London, no 1651
The drum case set to the upper section with a facetted handle, and to the lower section with a pair of folding supports, triple screwed and curved to sit flush with the case, with heavy moulded bezels to the front and rear, the latter with shuttered winding cover engraved 'set hands' and 'wind', the signed silvered 4 inch dial with outer minute track enclosing the curved copperplate script with good blued steel hands, the circular movement with maintaining power to the chain fusee to wheels of six crossings, the lever platform escapement with double screwed gilt chatons and engraved cock to the large cut and compensated bimetallic balance with gold timing screws. Sold together with a double-ended setting/winding key and an associated mahogany travel box 15cms (6ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Sold in these rooms 9th December 2008.

    Charles Frodsham made some of the finest travelling clocks of the 19th century.

    This current lot is one of only four 'Campaign' levers known:

    No 1651 the current lot.
    No 1652 Sold Christies South Kensington, 22 March 2006. With power reserve subsidiary dial.
    No 1487 Illustrated in Allix and Bonnert 'Carriage clocks, their History and Development' ACC Woodbridge 1974. With power reserve subsidiary dial but no seconds indication.
    No 2129 Sold Christies 10 June 1998. Power reserve but no seconds indication.

    The balances are particularly fine on all four.

    We are grateful to Charles Frodsham and Co for their help in compiling this list.

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