Hunt & Roskell, London, Case No. 1218, Height 160 mm, circa 1860
A very fine, rare carriage clock with quarter hour / hour strike Case: brass, gilt, moulded base on four florally ornamented bracket feet, the angles with slanted pilaster strips, facet glazed front and facet glazed silver side panels with floral engravings, moulded cornice, four cone-shaped urn finials, waved handle with floral engravings, removable rear door panel. Dial: silver mask with foliate decor, raised radial Roman numerals on a frosted ground, florally engraved centre, blued Fleur-de-Lys hands. Movm.: brass movement, frosted, gilt, keywind, 2 barrels, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, solid movement pillars, platform with English lever escapement, ring balance.
Hunt & Roskell The manufactory of Hunt & Roskell was founded by the famous gold and silversmith Paul Storr. When Storr went into partnership with John Mortimer and John Samuel Hunt, he took up the retailing of clocks and watches in addition to his original business of selling gold, silver and jewellery in their New Bond Street shop. The partnership dissolved at the end of 1838, and Mortimer, J.S. and J. Hunt continued trading as Mortimer & Hunt at 156 New Bond Street. When Mortimer retired in 1843, he was replaced by Robert Roskell, and the company continued as Hunt & Roskell until it was bought by J.W. Benson in 1866. They had additional premises in Manchester and produced watches for the China trade as well as fine minute repeating watches and watches with spherically-sprung spring-detent tourbillons. Hunt & Roskell exhibited at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867.
Estimate 2,700 - 3,700 €
Price Realised 4,000 €
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