Mantel and Table Clocks

Mystery clock with square dial

    Mystery clock with square dial

    France, Paris

    circa 1850

    Robert-Houdin, Jean-Eugène

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

    37 x 19.5 x 13 cm

    On the bottom mounting plate: “Aiguilles”. On the bottom mounting plate oval hallmark: “A C” and numbers 124


    Horizontal metal plate with a figured column in the center is mounted on wooden plinth. Transparent dial in the arched metal frame with sides in the form of reed bundles tied with a ribbon is on the column top. The dial is a package of three transparent glass plates. The Roman numerals denoting hours and minutes’ scale are on the façade glass. Black openwork hours and minutes hands are mounted in front of the glass. They do not have visible connection with the clock mechanism located in the socle. The clock has an attached lever escapement fixed on the bottom mounting plate of the mechanism, and a spring motor. The movement is covered by metal plate with latch and key holes from below. Double end key for winding the springs and setting the hands is in the set.