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    Sale 1357

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    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 41

    Theodor Knoblich. A large brass model of a chronometer escapement in wooden display case

    SIGNED TH. KNOBLICH IN ALTONA, CIRCA 1880

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    Theodor Knoblich. A large brass model of a chronometer escapement in wooden display case
    Signed Th. Knoblich in Altona, circa 1880
    The keywound wave-finished gilt brass movement with chain fusée, spring detent escapement, large bimetallic compensation balance with gilt adjustment screws and two cylindrical brass weights, blued steel helical hairspring, in mahogany two-tier display case with glazed, brass-mounted cover, metal key for winding of the movement, signed
    approx. 300 mm. long, case 340 x 235 x 105 mm.


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    Theodor Knoblich (1827-1892) of Hamburg was a renowned German maker of chronometers and observatory clocks. His cooperation with the Hamburg Observatory strongly influenced the scientific time measuring. Knoblich worked with the chronometer maker J.H. Kessels for Krille in Altona, Germany's oldest chronometer manufacturer. In 1863 he took over the firm and renamed it "Theodor Knoblich, Krille Successor". Knoblich was awarded various medals for his excellent work, mainly marine chronometers, chronographs, electrical watches and precision pendulum clocks. Chronometers and watches signed Theodor Knoblich are part of various important collections and museums, notably the Deutsche Museum in Munich.