Boer war presentation carriage clock (1901 to 1901 England)

Boer war presentation carriage clock
Title Boer war presentation carriage clock
Country of Origin England
Dated 1901 to 1901
Medium Silver & brass
Signed/Inscribed/Dated W.Mc Kinley
Condition Very good
Dimensions 20.00cm wide (7.87 inches wide)
25.40cm high (10.00 inches high)
Status SOLD
Description / Expertise

D285. This large and finely executed carriage clock was a presentation to a Private Mc Kinley, one of 22 in all, by the local community of Helensburgh in recognition of their services in the Boer war. It was a particularly tough one, because of poor logistics which meant that men often had to go without such basics as food and water.
Enteric fever also killed many thousands. Their opponents were also excellent horsemen and marksmen. This was recognised at home and is why these presentations were made.

The relatively large carriage clocks were of a special design, being commissioned from Elkingtons in London. The cases were made of oxidised silver and brass and hall-marked for 1901.To the top is a reproduction of the Helensburgh coat of arms , with South Africa and 1899-1901 0n either side . At the foot of the dial is an Argyll and Sutherland Highlander, a field gun and an Imperial Yeoman. To the bottom is an attractively shaped gilded plaque which reads:-

Presented to:-
Private W. Mc Kinlay,
In recognition of Patriotic Service in
The South African Campaign
Helensburgh. June 1901.

The whole of the dial is executed in relief. The four columns have raised floral decoration and further decoration is applied around the top and bottom of the case, which rests on decorative feet. The top panel of the case is glazed and it has an attractively shaped handle. The sides of the case are also glazed.

The gong striking movement has a platform with lever escapement and a circular white enamelled dial with black arabic numerals and gilded hands.

A copy of the local newspapers account of the presentation is available on request.

Height with/without handle:- 10" / 8". (25.4 / 20cms. ) £5,650..

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