Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Skeleton Clock Triumphs at Bonhams Fine Clock Sale

A skeleton clock made by Camerer Cuss & Co to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, sold at Bonhams Fine Clocks sale in London on Wednesday 15 July for £97,563, nearly 10 times its estimate of £10,000-15,000. In total, the sale made £498,000 with 77% sold by lot and 85% sold by value.

Bonhams Director of Clocks James Stratton said, "This was one of the finest skeleton clocks I'd ever seen; in excellent condition, incorporating the latest technological advances of the time and with a fascinating history. I am not surprised that there was such strong bidding, nor that it was eventually sold for such an impressive sum.

"Overall, this was one of our strongest-performing sales for some time, with high demand for clocks at all price brackets."

Other highlights included:

• One of only two known regulators by Thomas Reid incorporating his spring pallet escapement and pendulum. The clock was a wedding present from the Directors and Senior Officials of the Royal Bank of Scotland to Lady Alice Montagu Douglas Scott, later Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (1901-2004). Sold for £47,563 (estimate £10,000-15,000).
• An early 19th century month-going, grande sonnerie striking Vienna 'Lanterndl-Uhr' regulator by A. Liszt, Vienna. Sold for £27,563 (estimate £3,000-5,000).


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