As the calendar runs down for 2021, auctioneers are now preparing for their new year sales. In Plymouth, Paul Keen has been appraising some interesting clocks which will be up for auction on the 2nd February.
A silver triangular desk clock has a real Art Deco look to it, and even a hint of Cartier, but actually dates from 1896 and was made by silversmith John Manger of London. This useful collectable is particularly rare and is fitted with a Swiss clock, compass, barometer and perpetual calendar. It has been in a Devon family for generations and is one of the headliners in the silver section of the sale. Paul says “this combination clock is stylistically very much ahead of its time and could easily make £500!”.
The same auction also features another similar desk clock, a square revolving model, brought along for valuation amongst many antiques from a home in Wales. This one is by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths, although it is in need of repair, “to see one is rare, but to find two within a week is quite a coincidence” comments Paul.
More scientific is the Elgin marine chronometer gimbal Ships Deck Watch. Housed in a mahogany case with a plaque marked USSB for United States Shipping Board, and also ‘Ships Watch 7758’, the clock measures just 7cm diameter; very few of these have appeared at auction in recent times. A real collectors piece with a guide price set at £400 to £600.