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Walnut "Solar Timepiece" or Globe Clock by Timby

Auction:
2502
Lot:
644
Sold for:
$5,333$4,500

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2502
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 01, 2010 10:00AM

Description:

Walnut "Solar Timepiece" or Globe Clock by Timby, Saratoga Springs, New York, c. 1865, the scroll-top case with central turned finial and gilt pendant, printed paper Arabic numeral hour dial encircling the 6 in. twelve-gore printed globe marked on the maker's boss Joslin's Six Inch Terrestrial Globe, Containing the Latest Discoveries, Gillman Joslin, Boston 1860, in a brass yoke with North Pole facing front, lower printed paper minute dial with Arabic numerals behind a hinged and glazed door, eight-day time-only movement with balance wheel escapement, ht. 26 1/2 in.

Note: The annual report of the American Institute, New York City, 1867-68, describes the Timby timepiece as "a miniature world or model of the earth, put in motion, making a revolution once in twenty-four hours, moved by a superior time movement, requiring to be wound once in eight days..." An Empire in Time, Clocks and Clock Makers of Upstate New York by G. Russell Oechsle and Helen Boyce, pp. 136-138.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

No significant repairs or replacements, lacking brass hour pointer.

Keywords

Gillman Joslin, Saratoga Springs, American Institute, New York City, G. Russell Oechsle, Helen Boyce, Clock, Horology, Measurement, Time