A rare second half of the 19th century brass skeleton timepiece of two week duration signed John Pace, Bury St Edmunds
Lot 64
A rare second half of the 19th century brass skeleton timepiece of two week duration
signed John Pace, Bury St Edmunds
£ 2,500 - 3,500
US$ 3,300 - 4,600

Fine Clocks

13 Dec 2017, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
A rare second half of the 19th century brass skeleton timepiece of two week duration
signed John Pace, Bury St Edmunds
The frame with 6mm thick chamfered plates formed as a circle on a pair of scroll supports beneath the central vertical tapering 'spire', the skeletonised Arabic chapter ring with milled borders 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 train with deadbeat escapement comprising of four graduated wheels of five and six crossings mounted in a straight line through the central spire, the pendulum with a characteristic shaped bob and blued steel rod with rise and fall regulation via a screw above, to the rear of the backplate two pulleys connected by a gut cord to drive the hands, the whole mounted on a signed chamfered oval base raised on an associated gilt wood plinth under a glass dome, the timepiece 32cm high

Footnotes

  • 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 described as:

    "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."

    The design of this clock has aged extremely well. It is as fresh today as when first unveiled in the mid 19th century. Indeed, perhaps it played some inspirational part in the development by Jaeger le Coultre in the post War period of their transparent clocks using their 'in-line' movements?
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