Mantel and Table Clocks

Mystery half hour striking clock

    Mystery half hour striking clock

    France, Paris


    Vincenti et Cie

    Wood, metal, glass; gilding, casting, mechanical and glass works

    Height 35 cm

    On the movement mounting plate: “Vincenti Paris”; in round stamp: “Medaille d’argent Vincenti & Cie 1855”. On the key: “3.00”


    The clockwork case with curved lateral and flat front and back sides is mounted on the gilded rectangular base set on ornately shaped cast socle. Cast decorative onlay in the form of a basket with flowers and acanthus leaves is on the front side. Three apertures for the winding key are the rear side. The case flat top panel serves as a base for cast composition featuring two griffins supporting the fluted column. Foliage composition shaped bracket, supporting at two points the smooth bezel of round transparent dial with minutes’ divisions and black Roman numerals is on the column top. The axis of the gilded spear-shaped hour hand crosses the dial center. The hand has no visible connection with the clockwork and is driven by rotating glass disc. The clockwork has eight-day winding reserve, half an hour strike and balance escapement. The clock is a replica of the second series of Mystery Clock by the French watchmaker Eugene Robert Houdin with transparent glass dial and one hand.

    A double end key for winding the springs and setting the hand is in the set.