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Charles Frodsham, London No.1087

An exceptional gilt-brass repeating chronometer carriage clock, Circa 1865

Case

The gilt brass case with thick glass bevelled panels to the sides and top, the moulded case with reeded carrying handle and shuttered rear panel with glazed seconds aperture

Dial

3 ¼-inch silvered dial with Roman hour numerals signed Chas Frodsham, 84 Strand, 1087, Clock Maker to the Queen, engine-turned centre. Subsidiary state of wind dial below VI engraved ‘not wound’, ‘wound up’ and ‘wind’. The gilt mask finely engraved with foliate scrolls. Blued steel heart shaped hands.

Movement

8 day chain fusee movement with five pillars, Harrison's maintaining power, striking the hours with repeat function on a blued steel gong. Large frosted gilt spring detent platform escapement with blued steel helical balance spring to the bimetallic balance. The backplate signed Charles Frodsham Clockmaker to the Queen 84 Strand London No. 1087. Blued steel strike silent selection hand and silvered chapter ring for seconds in reverse.

Height 8¾ inches

Literature

Vaudrey Mercer. The Frodshams; The Story of a Family of Chronometer Makers 1758-1980

Published by The Antiquarian Horological Society, London, 1981

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