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Glass Bell striking Ships strike clock, London

£3900

We are pleased to offer this exceptional and rare 1980s skeletonised glass bell striking table clock by Mappin and Webb, London.

The beautifully engineered eight-day two train movement has  bell-shaped brass plates in excess of 3mm thick, with the platform lever escapement visible from all sides. The platform is regulated by sprung bimetallic balance. This is not a mass-produced movement that has been adapted; it has been purpose-made as a standalone production for this clock.

The twin hammers strike a ‘ship’s bell’ sequence, most unusually sounding directly onto the heavy glass bell-shaped domed cover. The strike of leather on glass gives a lovely mellow tone.

The ships bell sequence increases by one strike every half hour, from one til eight strikes, marking the build of a standard four-hour watch. The sequence starts again at 4, 8 and 12 o’clock.

The backplate is stamped MAPPIN & WEBB LTD, LONDON over Serial No.069.

Silvered Roman numeral chapter ring with Arabic five minutes within the outer track and pierced blue steel trefoil hands.

The clock is mounted on a circular brass ropetwist edged moulded mahogany base, the brass plate inscribed Maritime England, 1982.

27cm (11.75ins approx.) high.

Ref: Ships

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