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 - 1 • Locomotive - 2
Paddle Wheel • Lighthouse
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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