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ebony veneered 8 day mantel chronometer by Thomas Mercer (c. 1930 England)

ebony veneered 8 day mantel chronometer by Thomas Mercer
Title ebony veneered 8 day mantel chronometer by Thomas Mercer
Country of Origin England
Dated c. 1930
Condition Excellent
Dimensions 28.00cm wide (11.02 inches wide)
28.00cm high (11.02 inches high)
Status SOLD
Literature

Tony Mercer. Mercer Chronometers. Pages 122-127

Description / Expertise

D312 A Fine 8 day Mantel Chronometer by Thomas Mercer, St. Albans, England. Circa 1930.

This chronometer is contained in a rectangular ebony veneered case, glazed to the sides and top. There is a double line of brass inlay to the four sides of the front of the case. A nice touch is the four brass bun feet with jacking points to level it.

The very substantial movement has thick plates some 5.25" x 4.25" and there are four heavy and attractively turned pillars. Chain fusees are employed and maintaining power provided. The spring detent escapement with timing and poising screws and bi-metallic balance is mounted on an engine-turned platform which is recessed into the movement plates.

The 5.5" diameter engraved and silvered dial, numbered 693, is signed by Thomas Mercer and numbered 693. Arabic numerals are employed for the outer hour ring. Below 12 is the seconds ring. To the bottom is engraved “Auxiliary Compensation”. The makers signature extends from 9 to 3. In the lower half of the dial is indicated the state of wind (up-down.)
Engraved 1 to 8. Between 12 & 1 is the stop button. The case would almost certainly have been made by George Thompson of Hull.

To the bottom of the case is a plaque inscribed “Presented to S.N.Faulkner by the staff of the Kenya and Uganda Railways and Harbours on the occasion of his retirement. April 1930. The clock has been with the family for the last 82 years.

These mantel or desk chronometers are discussed and illustrated in Tony Mercers book on Mercer Chronometers; pages 122-127.

Ht 11.5". (28cms.)

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