c.1875 Rare Guilmet Mystery Wall Clock.

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c.1875 Rare Guilmet Mystery Wall Clock.
Inv. #: f252
Maker:

A. R Guilmet

Description:

An exceptionally rare late 19th century wall mounted mystery clock by the noted maker A.R. Guilmet. In this version the statue is replaced with a beveled glass that is frosted and etched and fitted to a frame that is impulsed by the movement below.

Case:

The gilt-bronze case is composed of two elongated multi-piece tubular frames each adorned with decorative mounts. While the front frame is purely decorative, the rear oscillates and is an integral part of the timekeeping.

Dial:

The white porcelain dial has Roman numerals for the hours and steel-cut spade hands.

The backside includes ‘3157’ in ink. The front was restored about 20 years ago.

 

 

Movement:

The eight-day time and strike movement has Guilmet’s detented escapement and is stamped on the backplate ‘GLT, SDGD, Brevete, 3157’

Suspended from the beveled glass panel is a multi-piece Guilmet pendulum with a split beveled bob.

Notes:

In 1874 A. R. Guilmet was granted a certificate of addition for his 1867 patent. The pendulum was now suspended from a glass plate, but was impulsed in the same way as the statue clocks.

 

For a video of it running see: Guilmet mystery clock.

Ref:

For additional information on Guilmet see: ‘Mystery, Novelty and Fantasy Clocks’ by Roberts, Chapter 21, pg.241.

For copies of his patents including the 1874 Certificate of Addition see: Roberts, Appendix 2, pg. 275.

For a very rare mantle clock version incorporating the pendulum suspended from a plate glass see: Sothebys, Meraux Collection, 1993, lot 143.

Size: Height - 29in.
Retail Price: 48,000.

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