Previews open October 18 – 20. Book a preview appointment.
The auction features an array of fine timepieces, optical instruments, and early musical devices. Watches include examples from some of the most sought-after European and American brands, including Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, Vacheron & Constantin, Waltham, and Hamilton Watch Co.
Early clocks by makers not often seen at auction include an Isaac Thomas Carved Curly Walnut Tall Clock, Willis Town, Chester County, Pennsylvania, c. 1765, and a “dwarf” clock, Joshua Wilder, Hingham, Massachusetts. French enameled shelf and carriage clocks are also on offer.
A small but impressive collection of microscopes from a New England collector includes an unmarked French Oberhauser-style drum microscope and accessories and an Elliot Brothers compound binocular and monocular microscope. Early photography includes two Deardorff large format studio cameras. The sale concludes with a musical concerto of disc and cylinder musical boxes from the late 19th century by some of the best Swiss firms.
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