London, South Kensington
11 October 2000
A French brass novelty timepiece with alarm, first half 20th century
The case of rotunda form, with cupola top raised on five pillars, the cylindrical base housing a spring barrel movement and with engraved gradualted scale to the top, with aperture for revolving paper dial marked with Roman and Arabic hours and with quarter hour divisions, alarm to base, with conical pendulum rotating above, with suspension adjustment to the top of the cupola -- 7in. (18cm.) high
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The conical (also called rotary) pendulum is one whose bob describes a circle; there is no escapement. See De Carle's Watch and Clock Encyclopedia, N.A.G. Press, 1983.
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