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A Victorian mahogany giant carriage timepiece, Vulliamy No.1594, London, dated 1843
Estimate
25,00035,000
JUMP TO LOT
64
A Victorian mahogany giant carriage timepiece, Vulliamy No.1594, London, dated 1843
Estimate
25,00035,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Recollections of Places Past, Property from the Estate of Sir John and Lady Smith

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A Victorian mahogany giant carriage timepiece, Vulliamy No.1594, London, dated 1843
6¾-inch silvered latched dial with subsidiary seconds dial, finely cut hands, signed Vulliamy, London, No.1594, the massive chain fusee movement with six finely turned and screwed pillars, high count train, the large platform lever escapement with split bi-metallic balance, Harrison's maintaining power, the backplate signed as the dial and dated A.D. 1843, hand-set dial, the finely moulded bevel-glazed case with gilt-brass carrying handle,
43.5cm. high, 17¼in.
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Literature

Inventory of the Property of Guy O. Smith at 19 Hill Street, 1927, 'Mr Oswald Smith's Sitting Room / A bracket clock in mahogany case of pedestal shape with brass handle at top, by Vulliamy 17in. high';
Inventory of the Property of Rose O. Smith at 25 Chesham Place, 1931, 'Landing / Large Bracket Clock by Vulliamy in Mahogany case'

Catalogue Note

Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy (1780-1854) was the grandson of (Francois) Justin Vulliamy, a Swiss clockmaker who emigrated to London, arriving in circa 1730. Justin Vulliamy went into partnership with Benjamin Gray, clockmaker to King George II and married Gray's daughter Mary. On Gray's death in 1764, Justin Vulliamy took sole ownership of the business which continued as Royal clockmakers through the next two generations until 1854.

Justin's son Benjamin (1747-1811) began a numbering system for their clocks in around 1780 and this was continued by his son, Benjamin Lewis, who maintained that all clocks should be numbered and dated to provide a concrete history of the clock. Unfortunately, this idea was not always carried through but, in the case of the present clock, the date of 1843 is boldly engraved on the backplate.

This exceptional timepiece is of the highest quality throughout and may well have been a special commission or even an exhibition piece.

Recollections of Places Past, Property from the Estate of Sir John and Lady Smith

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London