The Daniels/Elsom regulator.  A unique and important 19th century floorstanding eight-day regulator with converted grasshopper escapement by George Daniels The donor clock by Edward Boucly, the escapement personally made by George Daniels for his friend Cecil Elsom circa 1965.
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The Daniels/Elsom regulator. A unique and important 19th century floorstanding eight-day regulator with converted grasshopper escapement by George Daniels
The donor clock by Edward Boucly, the escapement personally made by George Daniels for his friend Cecil Elsom circa 1965.
Sold for £ 31,250 (US$ 39,255) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

12 Dec 2018, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
The Daniels/Elsom regulator.  A unique and important 19th century floorstanding eight-day regulator with converted grasshopper escapement by George Daniels The donor clock by Edward Boucly, the escapement personally made by George Daniels for his friend Cecil Elsom circa 1965. The Daniels/Elsom regulator.  A unique and important 19th century floorstanding eight-day regulator with converted grasshopper escapement by George Daniels The donor clock by Edward Boucly, the escapement personally made by George Daniels for his friend Cecil Elsom circa 1965.
The Daniels/Elsom regulator. A unique and important 19th century floorstanding eight-day regulator with converted grasshopper escapement by George Daniels
The donor clock by Edward Boucly, the escapement personally made by George Daniels for his friend Cecil Elsom circa 1965.
Case:
the 19th century mahogany regulator case with arched hood over canted front angles and a long glazed trunk door revealing the mercury jar pendulum and silvered beat scale, on a rectangular base with applied shaped moulding on a raised apron,

The dial:
12 inches in diameter, one piece silvered brass signed across the centre for the original clock maker Ed. Boucly, London, with outer minute track engraved with a lozenge at every five minute mark, enclosing the large subsidiaries for running seconds and hours. (Edward Boucly is listed as a clock maker working in London from 1869-1881 and the current lot is a typical example of London quality work from the third quarter of the 19th century.)

The movement
Weight driven and of eight day duration, the tall shaped plates united by five substantial turned pillars screwed through the front- and back-plates, the latter unusually with stamped name Ed. Boucly, with Harrison's maintaining power and high count pinions, the mercury jar pendulum suspended from a substantial angled bracket mounted on the backboard and with fine beat adjustment to the crutch.


The escapement:
Revealed by the specially opened up centre of the subsidiary seconds dial with 1.75 inch-diameter deadbeat 'scape wheel with triple screwed collet and centred in a three-armed bridge, the pivotted escapement arms with shaped ivory pallets 1.93m (6ft 4ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    This clock is illustrated in Clerizo: George Daniels. A Master Watchmaker & His Art, Thames & Hudson, 2013, p7.

    Cecil Elsom CBE designed a new workshop for George Daniels' Thornsett Road house in the early 1960s. The two were mutual clients and great friends, Cecil eventually owning three Daniels pocketwatches (see below, now in private hands) and the regulator offered here. It is the second regulator of five that Daniels converted. The first was made after encouragement from legendary collector Sam Clutton, this is now in private hands. Two others were at George's house on the Isle of Man, Riversdale, sold Sotheby's London 6 November 2012. Another was made for Cecil's friend Cyril Sweet, now in private hands.

    The Elsom collection of Daniels watches included the following:

    1. A gold one-minute spring detent chronometer tourbillon purchased in 1970.
    2. A gold one-minute Daniels Spring Detent Chronometer Tourbillon with fifteen second remontoire and equation of time. Purchased in 1975.
    3. A gold watch with Daniels independent double-wheel escapement. Purchased in 1977.

    We are grateful to David Newman of The George Daniels Educational Trust for this information.

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  • Please note that this lot should have a TP mark, and will be taken to Cadogan Tate.
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