A unique mid 19th century night watchman's floorstanding timepiece Signed on the dial Vulliamy, London, number 1, AD1842, and signed again on the backplate, Vulliamy, London, No1584.
Lot 149W
A unique mid 19th century night watchman's floorstanding timepiece Vulliamy, London, number 1, AD1842. The movement numbered 1584.
Sold for £3,500 (US$ 5,670) inc. premium

Lot Details
A unique mid 19th century night watchman's floorstanding timepiece
Vulliamy, London, number 1, AD1842. The movement numbered 1584.
The 11.5 inch square silvered dial numbered and dated on the lowermost corners, with an engraved 24-hour Roman chapter ring (the daytime numerals of VI to VI filled with red wax, the nighttime hours filled in black), the minutes read against the outer track, with each five minute period marked with double-dots, encompassing a rotating 24-hour dial with engraved black Roman numerals and outer quarter-hour track, set to the periphery with 96 steel pins, the weight driven eight-day movement with thick plates united by four turned pilars, anchor escapement and long brass crutch and secured in the associated pale mahogany case via a pair of heavy brass brackets, the long trunk door over a panelled and stepped plinth base and set to the right hand side with a knob in order to activate the pin pusher via a linked system of levers 1.94m (6ft 4ins) high.

Footnotes

  • This watchman's timepiece has a pair in the British Museum, numbered two.
    Another much plainer example dated to 1848, was sold in these rooms, 15th December 2009, lot 20
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