4 July 2007
A rare French brass and silvered brass and marmo nero Belgio striking eight day novelty clock with moving steam hammer
Guilmet, Paris, No.1623, retailed by Garrard, London. Circa 1890
The gilt painted dial with Arabic chapters and signed GARRARD/LONDON, the foundryman's steam hammer rising and falling as part of the compound pendulum for the twin barrels movement with strike on gong, stamped GLT/PARIS and numbered 1623
15¾ in. (40.5 cm.) high
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Derek Roberts, Mystery, Novelty and Fantasy Clocks, Schiffer, 1999, p.266, fig.22-31b; Sotheby's New York, The Joseph M. Meraux Collection of Rare and Unusual Clocks, 28 June 1993, lot 57.
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