06-02-2012 06-02-2012
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Marlborough MA
2600M Marlborough
June 2, 2012 10:00 AMCalender
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James Arthur Regulator with Remontoir

$15,405$13,000
Auction: Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2600M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: June 02, 2012 10:00AM

Description:

James Arthur Regulator with Remontoir, New York, 1901, the maple case with molded top, glazed dial and waist doors and mirrored back, the skeletonized movement stamped with maker's name and date with three front mounted dials, seconds at the top, hours object lower right and minutes, lower left, dead-beat escapement with adjustable pallet faces, lever activated one minute remontoir rewound by the large brass cased weight and internal "ball" pulley all regulated by a steel grid iron pendulum and cylindrical bob, ht. 81 in.

Note: This clock is illustrated and discussed in James Arthur, Time and Its Measurement (1909), pp. 39-40. For additional information about the creative mechanic, James Arthur see: Robert C. Cheney, "James Arthur: Pioneer Collector and Benefactor", pp. 329-337, The Quest for Longitude.
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Movement stamped "James Arthur 1901" and "The James Arthur Company 1901" on the front plate. The front plate also carries an applied plaque stating: "Daniel Arthur, from his Father James Arthur, June 13th 1901."

Movement in old lacquered surface, needs cleaning/lubrication, dial chapter rings with original silvering, case in refinished condition, weight, pendulum and case components are the original.

Keywords

James Arthur, steel grid iron pendulum, Robert C. Cheney, creative mechanic