6 December 2006
A French walnut year-going longcase regulator
Courtecuisse, Lille. Circa 1850 and later
The case with skirted plinth and recessed rectangular panels to the front and sides, trunk with long glazed rectangular door and boxwood and ebony line inlay to stop-chamfered angles, later detachable pediment applied with a foliate ormolu mount, the silvered dial with painted Roman chapters and signed COURTECUISSE LILLE within a gilt-brass moulded bezel, blued steel Breguet hands with counter-poised sweep centre seconds, the substantial movement with high count train, dead beat escapement planted on the back plate with long two-piece crutch to the massive steel and gilt-brass gridiron pendulum with glazed bob and scale above engraved CONDESATION/DILATATION, further engraved on a bar to the centre of the pendulum ON ME REMONTE TOUS LES ANS, the movement suspended from a substantial brass bracket secured to the back board with four blued steel screws, the substantial rectangular weight sliding down the rear of the case via a pulley system within the detachable pediment; the case possibly later associated
77 in. (196 cm.) high
Albert Odmark Collection.
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