At Bonhams Fine Clocks Sale

A unique and very important 19th century mahogany floor standing eight-day regulator, with converted grasshopper escapement, made by world-renowned British horologist, George Daniels, is to be offered at Bonhams Fine Clocks sale on Wednesday 12 December in London. The clock has an estimate of £10,000-15,000.

George Daniels, famed for inventing the co-axial escapement which revolutionized mechanical watchmaking, devoted his life to the practise of horology and is considered one of the finest horologist in the world during his lifetime. Daniels re-designed the 19th century escapement for the famed architect Cecil Elsom CBE, in 1965. The two were both great friends and mutual clients, with Cecil eventually owning three of Daniels pocket watches and the exquisite regulator offered in this sale. This regulator is the second of only five that Daniel converted, with the first made for legendary collector, Sam Clutton.

James Stratton, Director of Clocks and Watches at Bonhams, says 'We are very pleased to be offering this incredibly rare clock at Bonhams. Daniels devoted his life to horology and his watches achieved huge commercial success, but it is through his clock conversions that we see the master horologist's real intimate connection with his love of the craft.'

Other highlights in the sale include:

• A very fine and rare late 17th Century Olivewood Turntable clock, Nathaniel Barrow, London, c.1675. Estimated at £50,000-70,000.

• A fine and very rare early 17th century spring driven, quarter striking, ebony rolling ball clock, Johann Sayller, Ulm, c.1630. Estimate of £50,000-70,000

• A rare 18th century ormolu-mounted tortoiseshell musical table clock. With an estimate of £40,000-50,000, its elaborate decoration boasts a domed top surmounted by a golden urn, held up by four matching columns.

- Two exceptionally rare musical clocks; an early 18th Century, Boulle-cased musical table clock, estimate £25,000-35,000, and a mid 18th century Czech cut-brass and pewter inlaid, musical clock, estimate of £20,000-30,000. These are from the private collection of horological historian and author Hans Von Bertele, one of the most eminent clock collectors of his generation


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