6 December 2006
An unusual French bronze-patinated spelter year-going mantel timepiece with equipoise pendulum
L. Sapin, Paris. Circa 1880
The case modelled with two explorers, one holding a terrestrial globe in his hand whilst leaning on a telescope, the other with one hand on his dagger and the other holding a rudder, the dial with white enamel Roman chapter ring, blued steel Breguet hands, the recessed centre with unusual visible dead beat escapement with raked escape wheel teeth and signed LD SAPIN/PARIS, spring barrel with double pendulum above; formerly on plinth
13½in. (34cm.) high
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Derek Roberts, Mystery, Novelty and Fantasy Clocks, Schiffer 1999, p.121, figs.9-22a,b.
Tardy, French Clocks, Part III, Paris 1982, pp.136-137.
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