20 February 2008,
Price realised GBP 14,900
GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000
A French engraved gilt-brass striking and repeating eight day carriage clock with musical alarm
Le Roy & Fils, No.5323. Circa 1860
The corniche case with white enamel Roman dial signed LEROY & FILS/PALAIS ROYAL 13 & 15 PARIS, blued steel trefoil hands with alarm ring below, silvered platform to bimetallic lever balance, shuttered winding holes to the solid rear door signed NO.5323/REPASSé PAR LEROY & FILS/PALAIS ROYAL 13 & 15, buttons to the base for music, silence/music and tune selection, strike/repeat on bell to the back plate, with trip to 2 in. long pinned barrel musical alarm playing two airs to the base, the underside pierced with star and inscribed with the two airs; tooled leather travel case
6¼ in. (16 cm.) high, handle down
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A French gilt-brass striking and repeating carriage clock with musical alarm by Leroy & Fils, No. 5342, of closely related design, was sold Christie's South Kensington, French Carriage Clocks, 3 July 1997, lot 21.
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