Mantel and Table Clocks

Musical mantel clock

    Musical mantel clock

    Great Britain, London

    Circa 1820

    William Smith (clock), Borni (musical movement)

    Bronze, glass, steel, brass, wood, mother of pearl; casting, gilding, mechanical work

    Height 30.5 cm

    On the clockwork: "Willm. Smith LONDON", "12297", on musical movement: "BORNI", "10775". On the nameplate: “Changer”, “Jouer”


    Musical clock is mounted in the gilded case in the shape of a pedestal with a lyre, syrinx and caduceus; a dancer’s figure with knackers in her hands is on the right side, on oval mahogany veneered wooden stand on four chiselled supports with a groove for the protective dome. Embossed ornament in the form of musical instruments, torch, a quiver with arrows and branches of ivy and laurel is on the front panel. Ring shaped dial with the guilloched centre, with Roman numerals for hours’ designation, two blued steel hands and an aperture with pin for winding the clock escapement, is in the bezel with embossed ornament. The aperture for the clock escapement adjustment is on the bezel right side. Round glazed window is on the clock rear side.
    Musical movement with sound comb, spring motor, pinned cylinder and the inscription “BORNI”, “10775” is mounted in the stand. Winding cord is on the right side, mother of pearl plate with control levers and inscriptions: “Changer”, “Jouer” is on the front side. The clockwork is pendulum with verge escapement, spring motor and fusee. Openwork lattice, engraved ornament, inscriptions: “Willm. Smith”, “LONDON”, number “12297” are on the rear side. The key and glass dome are in the set.