London, South Kensington
17 March 2004
An American mahogany and verre eglomisé banjo wall timepiece, first quarter 19th century
With brass acorn finial, the white painted iron Roman dial with steel arrow hands, the trunk with typical detachable panel, with spiral-moulded frame to gilt-heighted glass panel (crack), the hinged door below with panel depicting a United States and a British warship, inscribed on banners LAKE ERIE/PERRY VICTORIOUS/SEPT 10 1813, the eight day weight-driven movement with anchor escapement, with brass plates joined by four front-pinned spillars, now secured to back board with two later screws -- 34¼in. (87cm.) high
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The scenes commemorate a pivotal battle in the War of 1812. On September 10, 1813, nine small United States ships under the command of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry defeated a British squadron of six vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie.
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The revised estimate for this lot is £1,000-1,500.
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