29 April 2010,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 15,000
Estimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000
A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY EIGHT DAY LONGCASE REGULATOR
ALFRED MOUNTAIN, LONDON, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
CASE: glazed movement viewing doors to sides, carved mahogany apron below dial, the plinth with fielded panel, the backboard mounted with a bevelled-edge mirror glass panel, on stepped base DIAL: 11½ in. diameter silvered and engraved regulator dial, with observatory markings to seconds ring, signed 'A.F. Mountain, London S.W', blued steel hands MOVEMENT: of massive construction, with thick rectangular brass plates secured by large double-screwed pillars, Vulliamy dead beat escapement with jewelled pallets, the wheel train with six crossings and Harrison's maintaining power, the escape wheel with jewelled end-caps, fine adjustment to the crutch-piece; the steel rod stirrup pendulum with replaced mercury jar (mercury removed), blued steel pointer swinging against a calibrated silvered beat scale; replaced brass weight, case keys
72 in. (183 cm.) high; 19 in. (48.5 cm.) wide; 11¾ in. (30 cm.) deep
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Alfred Mountain is recorded in London 1881. Victorian arched regulators of related design are illustrated in D. Roberts, English Precision Pendulum Clocks, Atglen, 2003, pp. 241-254. The present example is notable for its massively constructed and superbly finished movement.
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 17.5% on the buyer's premium.
The Vitale Collection of Highly Important European Clocks, Christie's New York, 30 October 1996, lot 119.