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Lot No. 333 (86th Auction)
A very rare table clock driven by rolling balls, presentation piece for the British Consul of Tunis in the year 1894, France, Height 535 mm, circa 1892
Case: brass, facet glazed on four sides, applied ornaments, the figure of a lion on top. Dial: enamel, blue Arabic numerals, window for visible escapement on balance, paste-set bezel, blued Louis XV hands. Movm.: trapezoid shaped brass movement, dedication engraving: "Presented to R. Drummond Hay, Esq. H. B. M's Consul General, Tunis by the Maltese Colony Xmas 1894", brass wheel movement, large paddle wheel for heavy metal balls, lever escapement, screw compensation balance.

This clock is identical with that shown in the Exposition Universelle of 1900 and subsequently described and illustrated by Mathieu Planchon in the Revue Chronométrique in October 1900.
Several large balls rest in one side of the paddle-wheel and thus drive the seven wheel train to which it is attached. As the wheel rotates the balls are released into a tray in the base and have to be placed in the container above the paddle-wheel to which access is gained by lifting up the lion and the lid.

A nearly identical clock is illustrated and described in: Derek Roberts: "Mystery, novelty, and fantasy clocks", 1999, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., page 74.
Estimate  4,000 - 6,000 €

Price Realised  28,600 €
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