Wonderful 1863 French Striking Black Slate Mantel Clock.

£465.00

A very impressive Victorian period French striking black Slate Mantel Clock designed, and hand crafted by Bernard Lyon of Paris.

 

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Measurements

Height: 34cm
Width: 27cm
Depth: 16cm

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Condition

Excellent for age, the clock was overhauled in June 2021, so in fine working order.

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Additional Information

Period: c1863
Material: Slate
Origin: French

A very impressive Victorian period French striking black Slate Mantel Clock designed, and hand crafted by Bernard Lyon of Paris, and comes with its original and superbly engineered Samuel Marti et Cie circular mechanical movement.

The beautifully proportioned heavy slate case sits on an imposing plinth and offers exquisite clean, simple lines. The case is in excellent condition, as is the white enamelled dial with black painted Roman numerals and retains its original pair of blued Straight Breguet hands. The dial is then protected by thick bevelled glaze, mounted in a delicately embossed creative brass bezel, signed on its rim with the makers initials and movement serial number (“B.L 886”).

The clocks fabulous high-quality 8-day S. Marti pendulum driven movement is accessed via a rear hinged brass fretwork door and strikes the hours and half-hours on its nickel ‘ting bell’. The movement backplate is impressed with the ‘Bernard Lyon, Paris’ trademark, the S. Marti 'Medaille De Bronze' award stamp (won by the Marti company in 1860), and also shows the movements serial number, all of which help to accurately date the clock. (The Marti bronze medal stamp was an international recognized award for French clockmaking excellence!) The clocks pendulum is also original, being stamped with the same serial number as that on the movement and bezel rim and comes with a period steel winding key.