• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7830

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    21 January 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 37

    A VICTORIAN ENGRAVED GILT-BRASS CIRCULAR EIGHT DAY STRUT CLOCK

    THOMAS COLE, LONDON, NO. 174. MID-19TH CENTURY

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    A VICTORIAN ENGRAVED GILT-BRASS CIRCULAR EIGHT DAY STRUT CLOCK
    THOMAS COLE, LONDON, NO. 174. MID-19TH CENTURY
    CASE: engraved with foliate strap work, folding suspension loop, back cover with fixed winding key, shuttered aperture for handset and regulation, pivoted strut and engraved 'No. 794' DIAL: engraved and silvered, signed 'THOS. COLE LONDON' to the upper edge and with secret stamp 'THOS COLE/LONDON' under surround, also numbered '174', blued steel hands MOVEMENT: single going barrel, monometallic lever balance to gilt-brass platform escapement
    5 in. (12.7 cm.) diameter; 1¼ in. (3.3 cm.) deep; 2¾ in. (7 cm.) deep (strut extended)


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    Thomas Cole (1800-1864) is particularly renowned for his finely engraved strut clocks. J.B. Hawkins (Thomas Cole and Victorian Clockmaking, Woodbridge, 1975, pp. 159-165) suggests Cole first conceived the strut clock circa 1845 and that they became the mainstay of his business. Circular examples are unusual. A clock of closely related design sold anonymously, Christie's London, 5 July 2006, lot 34 (£7,200).

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