A very fine late 19th century Exhibition-quality, quarter chiming skeleton clock with special escapement, remote winding and remote hand setting, with the original glass dome and walnut base Camerer Kuss & Co, 56 New Oxford St, London

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A very fine late 19th century Exhibition-quality, quarter chiming skeleton clock with special escapement, remote winding and remote hand setting, with the original glass dome and walnut base
Camerer Kuss & Co, 56 New Oxford St, London

Sold for £ 97,562 (US$ 131,599) inc. premium

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15 Jul 2020, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A very fine late 19th century Exhibition-quality, quarter chiming skeleton clock with special escapement, remote winding and remote hand setting, with the original glass dome and walnut base
Camerer Kuss & Co, 56 New Oxford St, London
The elaborate Gothic-inspired frame united by twelve turned pillars and cast with spires, quatrefoils, and other architectural motifs, signed in a signature plaque mounted top centre within a Gothic-style architectural niche, on a substantial plinth base with engraved border, set to the front with a pair of cast gilt bronze figures of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria on circular bases with foliate and crown decoration, the frame further set with applied plaques 'WESTMINSTER & TEN BELLS CHIMES' the 6.75 inch gilt dial with painted Gothic Roman numerals interspersed by engraved foliage and roundels, framed to the outer edge by a pierced running border of foliate scrolls, the internal edge with arcaded trefoils, echoing the tips of the blued steel pierced hands, the unique movement with three chain fusees, (the quarter train with engine turned spring barrel cap), all three winding squares set in the base behind shutters revealed on pushing a horizontal slide, each train with heavy chains running over pulleys to the fusee arbors, the quarters announced via a choice of Westminster chimes on gongs hidden in the base, or on a run on ten bells set in two sets of five mounted front to back behind the standing Royal couple, each bell struck by a stylised brass halberd, the going train with a deadbeat 'scape wheel mounted on a three-armed bridge set on three pillars screwed into the back of the frame, the sliding detent-type escapement with two-part pendulum terminating in a cylindrical bob and suspended from an adjustable block mounted on a shaped bracket spanning the plates above, the hours struck on a heavy gong mounted in the base. The walnut base with carved arcaded decoration and sliding covers for the winding squares. The right hand side is set with two gilt engraved buttons, 'SET HANDS' and 'WESTMINSTER CHIMES/10 BELLS CHIMES'. The hands are set by pushing down on the relevant button to engage a series of rods and bevelled gears to advance the hands. Together with the original glass dome. Running, striking and chiming.

To the top of the frame 80cms (31.5ins) high. With glass dome in place, 82cms (32.5ins)

Footnotes

  • This clock was made to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and is illustrated in Camerer Cuss & Co: The Bicentenary 1788-1988, Antique Collector's Club, 1988, p.26. The firm used an image of it on an 1897 calendar, and undoubtedly it would have taken pride of place in the shop window. The remote winding and hand-setting is a revelation - one of the main issues for all skeleton clock owners is that 52 times a year, the glass dome has to be removed safely and then put back safely, this is why so many 19th century skeleton clocks are now lacking their domes. The current clock retains its original, perfectly fitting dome.


    Prince Albert had died 36 years before this clock was made, but still featured strongly during Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The figures on the clock depict the young married couple, Albert is decorated with the Order of the Garter and the Golden Fleece. Victoria is dressed out of period, in a simple Medieval-style gown, the pair perhaps portraying the Age of Chivalry, in tune with the gothic decoration of the clock.


    Provenance: Single family ownership for the last 70+ years.
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A very fine late 19th century Exhibition-quality, quarter chiming skeleton clock with special escapement, remote winding and remote hand setting, with the original glass dome and walnut base Camerer Kuss & Co, 56 New Oxford St, London
A very fine late 19th century Exhibition-quality, quarter chiming skeleton clock with special escapement, remote winding and remote hand setting, with the original glass dome and walnut base Camerer Kuss & Co, 56 New Oxford St, London
A very fine late 19th century Exhibition-quality, quarter chiming skeleton clock with special escapement, remote winding and remote hand setting, with the original glass dome and walnut base Camerer Kuss & Co, 56 New Oxford St, London
A very fine late 19th century Exhibition-quality, quarter chiming skeleton clock with special escapement, remote winding and remote hand setting, with the original glass dome and walnut base Camerer Kuss & Co, 56 New Oxford St, London
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