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complex maritime industrial clock by Guilmet with moving ships wheels. (1880 France)

complex maritime industrial clock by Guilmet with moving ships wheels.
Title complex maritime industrial clock by Guilmet with moving ships wheels.
Country of Origin France
Dated 1880
Medium brass and steel
Signed/Inscribed/Dated Guilmet
Condition very good
Dimensions 43.00cm high (16.93 inches high)
Status SOLD
Literature

D.H.Roberts. Mystery, Novelty and Fantasy Clocks pages 253-270

Description / Expertise

D314.This fascinating example of Guilmets skill and ingenuity is signed on the back-plate Medaille dor, Bte SGDG and on the dial Lane Crawford, Yokohama, which is a major port in Japan. We have never encountered or heard of a similar clock before which makes one wonder whether it was commissioned by Lane Crawford, who were major retailers, as an individual piece or as a limited edition.

The clock rests on a circular black stone base on which rests a circular gilded one. Above is a blued ring with cut-outs in it and on top of this is a concave gilded brass column from the front of which hangs a compass. Above this is a section around which blued steel wire has been wrapped. The next circular section contains the clock and to the front and back of this are attractively represented ships wheels which rotate too and fro with the clock. To the centre of the front one is the clock dial.

To the top are mounted two horns and between them is a blued and gilded chimney. Mounted on front of this is a thermometer.

Height 17" (43cms). £16,500.

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