A silver cased carriage clock with engraved dedication to H. Vincent Hermon and Brooklands, Hallmarked Birmingham 1906,
Lot 105
A silver cased carriage clock with engraved dedication to H. Vincent Hermon and Brooklands, Hallmarked Birmingham 1906,
Sold for £ 1,187 (US$ 1,561) inc. premium

Lot Details
A silver cased carriage clock with engraved dedication to H. Vincent Hermon and Brooklands, Hallmarked Birmingham 1906,
A silver cased carriage clock with engraved dedication to H. Vincent Hermon and Brooklands, Hallmarked Birmingham 1906,
white enamel dial with Roman numerals, French movement (loose in clock), the inner back door engraved "In remembrance of H Vincent Hermon Aged 25 Years. Died September 14 1907 Brooklands Motor Track Weybridge", 7.5cm high overall.

Footnotes

  • Horace Vincent Hermon born 27th July 1882 at Hartford, Cheshire, the third son of Samuel and Charlotte Hermon of Wargrave, Cheshire.
    The Fourth Open Meeting at Brooklands was held on 14 September 1907. The meeting was marred by a bad accident which happened at the end of the sixth race. The Napier driven by Smith completed over two miles with the left-hand front tyre missing. Several spokes in the Rudge-Whitworth wire wheels were broken, although the wheel did not run out of true or collapse. Just after leaving the straight the Napier was pulled up in about the middle of the track. The Kaiser Prize Minerva driven by H. V. Herman in the place of Moore Brabazon ran very fast after passing the finishing line, and the driver apparently failed to see the Napier on the track and swung out too wide, this running high up on the banked turn. The result was that the right-hand rear wheel actually got right over the upper edge of the track, and in endeavouring to correct the car it was turned broadside on and finally toppled down the track, rolling over in the process. The car was wrecked, both back wheels smashed, and the frame and axles bent, while the driver and mechanic were thrown out on to the cement surface. At the time it was feared that both were killed, but eventually they were brought into the Brooklands paddock on the ambulance. The mechanic was reported not seriously hurt, but Mr. Herman succumbed to his injuries some hours later at the Hand and Spear Hotel, Weybridge.
    Thus H V Herman became the victim of the first motor racing accident at Brooklands to claim a life.
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