Grande Sonnerie. A Very Rare Gilt Brass Grande and Petite Sonnerie Striking Carriage Clock with Day, Date and Alarm, all in Thai, With Fahrenheit and Centigrade Thermometer

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J.W.Benson. A Very Rare Gilt Brass Grande and Petite Sonnerie Striking Carriage Clock with Day, Alarm and Buddhist Moonphases, all in Thai, With Fahrenheit and Centigrade Thermometer

Sold for HK$ 125,625 (US$ 16,035) inc. premium
J.W.Benson. A Very Rare Gilt Brass Grande and Petite Sonnerie Striking Carriage Clock with Day, Alarm and Buddhist Moonphases, all in Thai, With Fahrenheit and Centigrade Thermometer
Year: Circa 1890
Case No: 19482, Stamped J.W.B
Calibre/Movement: Twin spring barrel movement with platform lever escapement
Dial: White enamel dials all in Thai with engine turned gilt mask, signed
Case: Height 190mm (To top of Handle), Heavy case with bevelled glass side, fluted columns, gilt brass rear door with thermometer and Fahrenheit and Centigrade indication

Footnotes

  • J.W.Benson,非常稀有銅鍍金大小自鳴報時手動上弦座鐘,備泰文日期及星期顯示、鬧鈴功能及溫度計,約1890年。

    This incredibly rare Grande Sonnerie Carriage clock has a most unusual dial, all written in Thai numerals and alphabet. One additional feature is that of the bottom right hand subsidiary dial which represent the Buddhist Moonphases (Uposatha).
    Quite probably this clock was ordered as a Royal Commission and in their heyday, J. W. Benson, were responsible for making some of the highest quality clocks at the turn of the 20th Century. There are a few examples of pocket watches made on Royal command with Thai dials, that were manufactured by such esteem companies such as Patek Philippe, and many of them now reside in museums. It is very rare for such a clock to be presented to the market in Asia.
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Grande Sonnerie. A Very Rare Gilt Brass Grande and Petite Sonnerie Striking Carriage Clock with Day, Date and Alarm, all in Thai, With Fahrenheit and Centigrade Thermometer
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