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MAB-0420
$17,500
English Precision Astronomical Regulator
Signed
“W.Corke ~ W-Hampton”

English Precision Astronomical Regulator Signed “W.Corke ~ W-Hampton” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

English Precision Astronomical Regulator Signed “W.Corke ~ W-Hampton” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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English Precision Astronomical Regulator Signed “W.Corke ~ W-Hampton” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

English Precision Astronomical Regulator Signed “W.Corke ~ W-Hampton” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

High-end precision English astronomical regulators have long been favorites of serious clock collectors. Here is a fabulous example of the genre, circa 1860. The last similar clock of which we are aware, signed Frodsham, was sold in the Skinner auction in November 2013 for $23,370 plus the hammer fee (VIG) of 23% for a total of $28,745. We offer a little more realistic price!

Astronomical Regulators: During the Industrial Revolution, daily life was organized around the home pendulum clock. More accurate pendulum clocks, called regulators, were installed in places of business and railroad stations and used to schedule work and set other clocks. The need for extremely accurate timekeeping in celestial navigation to determine longitude drove the development of the most accurate pendulum clocks, called astronomical regulators. These precision instruments, installed in naval observatories and kept accurate within a second by observation of star transits overhead, were used to set marine chronometers on naval and commercial vessels. Beginning in the 19th century, astronomical regulators in naval observatories served as primary standards for national time distribution services that distributed time signals over telegraph wires. (Source: Wikipedia)

Physical: The walnut case, which measures xx"h x xx"w x xx"d is in excellent physical condition with what appears to be the original finish. We are missing the dimensions and will post ASAP, but guesstimate 54" in length. Forgot to measure on photo day...

The 11.5" diameter silvered astronomical dial, signed "W. Corke, W-Hampton" is also in excellent physical condition and, like the weight and precision mercurial pendulum, is original to the case. The dial features minutes on the outer ring and subsidiary dials for the hour and seconds.

Mechanical: The
eight-day, time-only, deadbeat, maintaining-power, astronomical mechanism has been regularly serviced by a highly regarded Los Angeles-area watch and clockmaker and is in excellent mechanical condition, last serviced in 2016.

Note the "shot cup" on top of the weight. This is to allow the addition of micro amounts of weight to help precisely adjust the timing. All of the small details were covered magnificently when they made this clock.

Speaking of details, this clock also has a complete dust cover that surrounds the mechanism and comes forward to adjoin the back of the dial to seal out as much dust as practical. We have never seen one as complete as this. Actually, we've never seen one like this at all!

Comments: This is simply one of the most desirable clocks we've listed in a very long time. It's ready to journey to you. The big question will be whether it goes into the lobby of your office (as it has been for the present owner for a number of years), or into your home. Something to ponder. But not for long...

Shipping: Shipment will be handled by one of our specialized blanket-wrap antiquities movers. We will make the arrangements and you pay them directly for their services.

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BDW-0213
$2,850
French “Industrial” Train Clock/Barometer Set

French “Industrial” Train Clock/Baro Set ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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As you may have read elsewhere on our site, we are extremely picky about the clocks we list here for sale, particularly so about the shelf clock category. We decline about 90% of what is offered to us. But this is one of those shining examples of the best of the best. We are proud to offer it for your consideration.

While we don't know a lot about French Industrial Clocks, we do know that they were popular (and expensive) items in the last quarter of the 19th century. The designs celebrated the accomplishments of the industrial revolution. A range of steam-hammers, lighthouses, boilers, steam-engines, etc. were made during this period. The larger models often with automata. A definite conversation piece. Here are some (expensive) examples of the genre, not offered for sale here:

Locomotive - 1Locomotive - 2
Paddle WheelLighthouse

Physical: The brushed brass and nickel train/enclosures, which measure 9.5"w x 9.5"h x 3"d are in excellent physical condition as you can see in the detailed photos below. The two lower porcelain dials measure 2.625" in diameter and the upper dial 2.25".

Mechanical: The eight-day balance-wheel clock movement has recently been professionally overhauled and is in excellent mechanical condition. The barometer and thermometer also function properly.

Comments: This is an absolutely charming desk clock. The biggest question will be whether you keep it at home or in the office, where it would look grand on a credenza behind your desk... choo choo!

Note: we do have an American Industrial clock available, too. It is the Ansonia Helmsman.

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