A very rare second half of the 19th century brass skeleton timepiece of two week duration John Pace, Bury St Edmunds, 273
Lot 97
A very rare second half of the 19th century brass skeleton timepiece of two week duration John Pace, Bury St Edmunds, 273
Sold for £5,625 (US$ 9,444) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A very rare second half of the 19th century brass skeleton timepiece of two week duration
John Pace, Bury St Edmunds, 273
The frame cast of 6mm thick plates with chamfered edges, formed as a circle on a pair of scroll supports with central vertical tapering section to carry the wheel train, the skeletonised Arabic chapter ring with milled edges and dotted minute marks set in front of an open circular front plate with chamfered inner edge to a solid circular backplate united by two turned pillars, the going barrel movement configured so as to ascend the central section in a straight line, with five spoke crossings of extreme delicacy terminating in a deadbeat escapement, the pendulum with a steel rod terminating in an 'axe-head'-shaped bob, with rise and fall regulation via a screw above; the backplate carries a series of three pulleys united by fusee chain combined to drive the hands, the whole mounted on a signed and numbered chamfered oval base with additional base below on an associated mahogany plinth under a glass dome. 36cms (14ins.) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Sold in these rooms 14th June 2005. Number 247 was sold in these rooms 17th June 2008.

    An identical model is illustrated in Roberts, British Skeleton Clocks, Plate 14 and 3/14 which bears a remarkable similarity to a clock that Pace exhibited at the Great Exhibition:

    "Pyramidal skeleton timepiece, which goes three months. The dial is placed at the bottom of the clock to show the motion of the wheels; Graham's dead beat escapement, and the hands moved by a simple mechanism."


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