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German, Stamped CK
AN IMPORTANT AND MASSIVE EARLY GILT-BRASS HOUR STRIKING CLOCK WATCH WITH STACKFREED, ALARM AND ASTROLABIC DIAL CIRCA 1575
Estimation
43 00060 000
Lot. Vendu 87,500 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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German, Stamped CK
AN IMPORTANT AND MASSIVE EARLY GILT-BRASS HOUR STRIKING CLOCK WATCH WITH STACKFREED, ALARM AND ASTROLABIC DIAL CIRCA 1575
Estimation
43 00060 000
Lot. Vendu 87,500 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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German, Stamped CK
AN IMPORTANT AND MASSIVE EARLY GILT-BRASS HOUR STRIKING CLOCK WATCH WITH STACKFREED, ALARM AND ASTROLABIC DIAL CIRCA 1575
Movement: iron, verge escapement, brass barrels, dumb-bell foliot, hog's bristle regulator, brass count wheel, brass dial with alarm setting disc, brass contrate wheel, iron strackfreed mounted to the backplate with decoratively engraved and gilded cam, straight iron chamfered pillars, striking a bell to the inside case back, locking gate for striking decoratively pierced and engraved in the form of a half horse/half dragon, backplate stamped CK within a shield
Dial: gilded astrolabic dial, solar and lunar indicators, around the outside Roman numerals running twice in suceession 1-12 and 1-12 with touch pins above, the rete with months and date, within which are a selection of fixed named stars, the engraved plate beneath the rete calibrated for 50 degrees north, ecliptic with zodiac named and with degrees, at the centre a lunar indication showing age and phases of the moon and the very centre with aspectarium
Case: gilt-brass, the lid pierced and engraved with heart-form apertures, a grotesque mask at the centre, together with fantastical birds' heads, the case back similarly decorated with a half-figure in a suit of armour with helmet to the centre, surrounded by imaginary beasts including dragons' heads and birds' heads, all amongst scrolling foliage, the band pierced with stylised pillars and with bezels of geometrically engraved decoration above and below
diameter 119mm
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Description

During the 16th and 17th centuries, complex scientific instruments were highly desirable objects which alluded to their owner's status and education. Portable instruments were especially coveted and the combination of an astrolabic dial with a striking watch movement would have rendered the present lot a particularly important object for its 16th century owner. Although undoubtedly made in Germany, attributing this watch to an exact maker is difficult. Many early stackfreed watches were unsigned and others were simply stamped with the initials of the maker, not all of whom have been identified. The backplate of this watch is clearly stamped 'CK' within a shield and this mark does appear to be similar to one found on a watch from the Fränkel Collection which is now at the Horological Museum in Le Locle, Switzerland. The Fränkel watch, in addition to its CK stamp, has a stamp in the form of a horse which is the town mark of Stuttgart in Germany.

Interestingly, the distinctive pillars to the case sides of the present lot are very similar to two watches in the British Museum, one of which exists as a case only, the other of which has an unsigned movement. The pillars of these two pieces are illustrated in H. Tait and P.G. Coole (revised by D. Thompson), Catalogue of Watches in the British Museum - I The Stackfreed, 1987, plate 45.

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