Mantel and Table Clocks

Mystery clock with hour chime

    Mystery clock with hour chime

    France, Paris

    circa 1850

    Robert-Houdin, Jean-Eugène

    Wood, metal, glass, fabric; casting, gilding, mechanical work

    Height 37 cm

    On the dial: “LONDON & RYDER17, NEW BOND ST”. On the rear panel: “B”, on the bottom panel handwritten inscription: “17 ½ den hard”, “143”


    The clock movement is fixed in wooden figured pedestal, with gilded relief ornament and a top panel. Mounted on wooden stand with rounded corners and a slot for the bell glass. Round glass transparent dial in polished bezel is fixed in the tube upper part and supported by two acanthus leaves with balls.
    The clock movement with attached lever escapement, an hour chime on bell and spring motors. Apertures with pins for the clock and chime winding, the hands setting and adjusting the clockwork are on the rear panel. Double end key with a round grip and a glass hood is in the set.