• Lot 417

    A hardwood and gilt-brass pillar clock, Shaku-dokei


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    A hardwood and gilt-brass pillar clock, Shaku-dokei
    Late Meiji period
    Of typical form, with balance verge escapement and foliate engraved front plate and sides, glazed hood, the lead weight with pointer falling against the brass chapters engraved with Japanese characters, key drawer to the base, some damage to hood
    70 cm. long

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    Following the introduction of European clocks the Japanese devised a new timepiece, the Shaku-dokei (linear or pillar clock). The shaku is a measurement representing approximately one foot - which is generally (but not exclusively) how long these clocks are. The falling weight indicates the time against a calibrated scale.

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