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MAHOGANY CASED DEAD-BEAT QUARTER STRIKING ORGAN CLOCK. :
The movement is constructed in two separate parts. At the front is a conventional clock movement housing the going, quarter and hour striking trains. At the rear is a massive organ mechanism with bellows housed in the base of the clock. Both sections have ringed pillars retained at the ends by screws.
Spring driven eight-day train with reversed fusee mounted in the middle of the plates.
Barrel with ratchet and click set-up on the dial side of the front plate. Reverse fusee with heavy triple-linked chain and standard stop-work, the block squared through the front plate and retained by a transverse pin. Three-wheel train, the centre and third wheels with four crossings. Pinions of high count.
Half-dead beat escapement with steel escape wheel and jewelled bearings in screwed settings for the escape wheel and pallet staff. the back cock for the pallets is in two parts, the left side carries the jewelled bearing and the separate right side is in to parts to provide the slot for the pendulum suspension spring. Pendulum with steel rod and large lead-filled brass cased bob with locking screw. There is no rating nut - the fine regulation operated
from the dial.
Large organ clock; eight-day striking movement with quarter Whittington chime and organ mechanism playing seven tunes automatically at the hour with automatic change ("An Air", "Rondon", "She Comes", "St Warbles", "My Dear", "Mary" and "Oh Nanny"); circular white enamel dial with Turkish numerals; mahogany square architectural case with turned and gilt columns to angles and domed hood surmounted by ormolu pineapple finials on ormolu scroll and foliage.
- Production date
Height: 37 inches
- Curator's comments
- According to Michael Inchbald, when his uncle, C.A. Ilbert owned the clock, he remembers him removing the original mahogany twist pillars and replacing them with the present plain columns covered with gilt material which are apparently pieces of broom handle covered with gold-lacquered metal foil. [DRT 10/92]
The mahogany case is modern, which makes Ilbert's actions detailed above a little less cavalier !.
In March 1994, Jeremy Evans discovered an advertisment which appears to include the clock in a general picture of the showroom of C & C Rosomon, 38 Duke Street, Manchester Square, London W. published in Conniosseur Vol.XLVI no.184 [December 1916] p.XXXIII.
Antiquarian Horology, Vol..XXI, pp.118-131. Roger Smith & David Thompson, 'Vulliamy Musical Clocks For The Turkish Market: The Banhacok Clocks'. Winter 1993.
- Not on display
Latest: 3 (Jun 2019)
2 (Sep 2016)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The Ilbert Collection of clocks, prints and other related material was destined to be sold at Christie's auction house on 6th-7th November 1958. As a result of the generous donation of funds by Gilbert Edgar CBE the sale was cancelled and the material purchased privately from the beneficiaries of the Ilbert Estate.NL1Ilbert's watches were then acquired with further funds from Gilbert Edgar CBE, public donations and government funds. These were then registered in the series 1958,1201.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: CAI.2172 (Ilbert Collection)