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Timby Walnut "Solar Timepiece" or Globe Clock

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Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2804M
Date / Time :
April 25, 2015 10:00AM


Timby Walnut "Solar Timepiece" or Globe Clock, Saratoga Springs, New York, No. 369, 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, interior maker's label numbered 369, 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..." See An Empire in Time, Clocks and Clock Makers of Upstate New York, by G. Russell Oechsle and Helen Boyce, pp. 136-138.
Estimate $4,000-5,000

Clock is currently running. Rear of globe has minor losses and in need of cleaning. Top finial off but with the clock, lacking minute pointer.

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Saratoga, American Institute, New York City, G. Russell Oechsle, Helen Boyce