Those who have ever been slaves to the “snooze” button on cell phones or alarm clocks in the morning, will want to take a closer look at the Flintlock Alarm Candle Clock, one of 750 lots offered in Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative arts auction on July 15, 2016 in Marlborough, MA. I am going to venture that when this clock was made, c. 1745, the mechanism likely functioned in such a way that the idea of a “snooze” button would not be necessary.… Read More
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The Pitfalls of Collecting Willard’s Patent Timepiece or “Banjo Clock”
Wine reception 5-6:30PM with lecture to follow
Skinner Marlborough 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752
Contact 508-970-3240 email@example.com
All are welcome to attend a free event at the Skinner Marlborough Gallery. Gallery walks by Department Director, Robert C. Cheney and Historic Arms and Militaria Specialist, Joel Bohy highlighting the November 2, 2013 Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments auction.
Friday, November 1, 2013
5:00 p.m. Reception 6:00 p.m. Gallery Walk
Skinner Marlborough 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA
It’s always exciting to discover a beautiful object that is unknown to the collecting world. When I saw this perfectly proportioned dwarf clock on a house call in Beverly, Massachusetts, it was still running, and had been passed down in the same family for 80 years. At the moment we discussed the possibility of selling it, the clock struck twelve. The clock was made by Joshua Wilder in Hingham, Massachusetts between 1821 and 1824, and is a true miniature of a tall case clock constructed in the same manner, and with a full striking movement. This places it in a category of being the most sought-after and desirable type of dwarf clock.
On July 16th, Skinner will sell Henri Robert’s perpetual calendar clock, which was shown in the Paris Exposition of 1839. The calendar mounted in the lower section of the Belgian slate case was uniquely designed to show the year, month, day-of-the-month and day-of-the-week through the use of a single silvered dial and concentric hands, all self-correcting for the four-year cycles of leap year.