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A Victorian gilt-metal mounted ebonised quarter chiming musical automaton clock
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VA… Read more This is the house that Jack built. This is the malt That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the rat, That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt, That lay in the house that Jack built. This the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt, That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the maiden all forlorn, That milked the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt, That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the man all tattered and torn, That kissed the maiden all forlorn, That milked the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt, That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the priest all shaven and shorn, That married the man all tattered and torn, That kissed the maiden all forlorn, That milked the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt, That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the cock that crowed in the morn, That waked the priest all shaven and shorn, That married the man all tattered and torn, That kissed the maiden all forlorn, That milked the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt, That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the farmer sowing his corn, That kept the cock that crowed in the morn, That waked the priest all shaven and shorn, That married the man all tattered and torn, That kissed the maiden all forlorn, That milked the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt, That lay in the house that Jack built.
A Victorian gilt-metal mounted ebonised quarter chiming musical automaton clock

EDWARD THURLOW, RYDE, ISLE OF WIGHT, THE MUSICAL MOVEMENT BY PAILLARD. CIRCA 1870

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A Victorian gilt-metal mounted ebonised quarter chiming musical automaton clock
Edward Thurlow, Ryde, Isle of Wight, the musical movement by Paillard. Circa 1870
The case with gilt-metal Chronos figure surmounting the domed top applied with foliate cast ormolu mounts and flanked by putto figures to each angle, the door applied with foliate mounts flanked by fluted Corinthian columns, large foliate cast drop handles to the sides with elaborate sound frets, the case resting on foliate cast feet supported on an ebonised plinth with corresponding columns and mounts, the four sides centred by large fielded panels, the plinth resting on foliate cast feet, the dial signed THURLOW RYDE on a silvered plaque beneath XII of the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with pierced blued steel hands, subsidiary silvered dials for CHIME/SILENT and EIGHT BELLS/CAMBRIDGE CHIMES/WHITTINGTON CHIMES, the painted automaton scene depicting the nursery rhyme of This is the house that Jack built, the farmer appearing on the hour from behind a gate on the left side ringing a hand bell on each strike of the hammer, the publican to the right side nodding his head to the beat of the escapement whilst the customer on his left raises his tankard and the fellow on his right raises his pipe on each quarter chime, the scene in the centre of Jack's House with figures from the rhyme passing in front on a carrusel, the triple chain fusee six pillar movement of massive construction with anchor escapement, striking the hours on a large gong and one of three chimes on eight bells and eight hammers, the movement below having an eight air comb-and-cylinder musical movement with levers to the left side of the case for manual trip, tune change/repeat and constant tune, the comb with the stamp for Paillard
6ft. 9in. (206cm.) high
Literature
W. W. J. G. Ord-Hume, The Musical Clock, Mayfield, 1995, p.194, pls.IX-34-36.
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Lot Essay

This fascinating clock illustrates the nursery rhyme This is the House that Jack built. The rhyme has been parodied many times for example The Political House that Jack Built published in 1819 which went into 54 editions. The first 'proper' version is thought to be in Nurse Truelove's New-Years-Gift, or, The Book of Books for Children published by Newbery in 1755. Some of the more endearing illustrations for the rhyme were drawn by Randolph Caldecott in 1878.
Edward Thurlow was in business in Union Street, Ryde, Isle of White from 1848-1878; Ord-Hume suggests that the house was painted after a house in Wootton and that the clock was originally made for an Admiral.
According to the owner this clock holds an extraordinary magnetic appeal to young children.
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