|601||Gilbert & Son, Belfast, Ireland, a historically important man's gold fusee pocket watch, presented to Moses Nickerson for his assistance in providing relief to the weavers of Lisburn, 11 jewels, key wind and set, gilt full plate movement with lever escapement in an 18 karat, yellow gold, engine turned and engraved, consular open face case, with London hallmark, and date letter for the year 1857, the dome engraved "Presented by the Lisburn Relief Committee and Others, to Captain Nickerson of the Barque Mary Edson, the good ship that bore across the Atlantic the noble gift bestowed on his suffering Countrymen by A.T. Stewart, Esq., of New York,, July, 1863", Roman numeral gold dial, blued steel fleur de lys style hands, serial #4927, 49mm, together with its 14 karat gold chain, and two keys, 138.7g TW, together with a mahogany cutlery box, the top with inlaid brass shield engraved "M. Nickerson". Portrait of Moses Nickerson and Letter (Courtesy of Vallejo Gallery) and the Painting of the Barque Mary Edson (Courtesy C.L. Prickett Antiques) are shown for historical purposes and are not being sold as part of this lot.
Condition: CASE: Fine scratches on outer surface of case; Scratches on dome; Minor split between dome and band, near pendant; Back cover hinge sticky; Precious metal content tested (chain) ; Precious metal content marked. DIAL: Dial with minor scuffs and scratches. HANDS: A few specks of oxide. MOVEMENT PLATES: Minor scratches on plate; Bright work with scattered specks of oxide; Balance cock screw with specks of oxide; Specks of dirt / dust. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Not running, will tick briefly, needs service. Cutlery box with scuffs, splits and minor losses, set incomplete. The American Civil War disrupted cotton supplies to manufacturers of woven goods, which resulted in the widespread unemployment and deprivation among Irish weavers and their families. Alarmed at the condition of the workforce, a group of concerned citizens established a relief fund to provide for these distressed individuals. Having heard of the conditions in his native Lisburn, Ireland, the New York dry goods merchant and entrepreneur Alexander Turney Stewart chartered the barque Mary Edson, under the command of Captain Moses Nickerson, to sail with a cargo of provisions to aid in the relief effort. He also requested passage for weavers and their families to the United States on the return trip; 136 passengers took advantage of the opportunity. For a more detailed account of the cotton famine and its effect on the weavers, see http: //lisburn.com/history/memories/memories- 2004/the_plight_of_the_cotton_weavers.html
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
|602||Rossel, Bautte & Cie., a Geneve, an enameled and gem set, 22 karat yellow gold clam shell box with concealed timepiece, the halves step molded and with serpentine curves, the top set with a pair of superimposed stars on a green guilloche enamel ground, the upper star composed of five kite shaped polygonal amethyst, the lower set with rose cut diamonds, the center with old European cut diamond in a five lobed setting, the box bottom with fine foliate engraving on an engine turned ground, watch with Roman numeral white enamel dial and cylinder movement, serial # 77306, 79.2g TW
Condition: good overall, bottom with minor dent, minor dings and scratches, an inside corner of the lower molding with areas of wear through or manufacturing defect, amethyst with a few minor flakes and scratches, watch dial with chip at 3:00, timepiece running, precious metal content tested. The firm of Rossel & Bautte was active between 1855 and 1860, and specialized in ornamental watches, snuff boxes, lorgnettes, vinaigrettes and other objects of vertu, many set with small timepieces. The decorative techniques employed by the "bijoutiers horologers" include enameling engine turning, engraving, and the use of gemstones, all of which are used on this box.
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
|706||Attributed to Courvoisier, La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland, quarter striking carriage clock with dead-center seconds, glazed, gilt brass case on turned feet, front door with scalloped ornament, gilt, engraved mask enframing the Roman numeral white enamel dial and subsidiary alarm and date displays, blued steel Breguet style hands, 8 day movement having a chronometer platform with pivoted detent escapement and five arm steel balance, and polished steel strike work with blued springs mounted to the back plate, grand sonnerie (night) striking changing automatically to petit sonnerie (day) striking every twelve hours, repeating the hours and quarters on demand, case bottom with sonnerie/ silent lever, case bottom numbered 118
Condition: case dirty, and with losses to gilding, feet replaced, repeat button replaced, dial mask with minor wear at winding apertures, time dial with a few minor scratches, minor chips around holes in date and alarm dials, seconds hand replaced, movement dirty, gummy, a few specks of oxide on bright work, running and striking, service and adjustment recommended, petite striking with one dead blow sounding (an adjustment of the lever which blocks the hammers needed). This clock is essentially identical to clocks by Frederic Courvoisier illustrated in "Carriage and Other Travelling Clocks" by Derek Roberts, and "Carriage Clocks" by Allix & Bonnert. An important difference present in this clock is the use of a central seconds hand, beating dead seconds; this may be unique, as all of the other Courvoisier clocks we are aware of with seconds display do so on a seconds bit below 12:00. Although this clock is unsigned, the favorable comparison with the illustrated clocks supports our attribution. A rare clock.
Estimate: $14,000 - $18,000
|739||Deltroit, Paris, a large, Charles X mantel regulator, gilt bronze portico style case with acanthus and waterleaf decorated base molding, columns with laurel wreathed bases, multi part Corinthian capitals, and supporting an ornate entablature, the architrave with stepped fascia and leaf and dart moldings, coffered frieze also with leaf and dart moldings and central rosettes, and the cornice with leaf and dart, dental, egg and dart, and anthemion decorated moldings, gilt bezel with acanthus ornament, Roman numeral silver dial with inner seconds chapter, and perimeter date display, blued steel hands, 8 - 15 day brass movement with pin wheel escapement, the back plate signed in script "Deltroit Eleve de Janvier", heavy gridiron pendulum with knife edge suspension, silvered beat scale, dial and movement signed
Condition: case very good, a bit dirty and with minor staining, gilding with minor losses, dial good, hands with minor oxide, movement running and striking, very dirty, some steel components with surface rust, pendulum with minor scratches and dings on some parts. This is a particularly nice example of the portico style, with finely detailed ornament on all sides, and well finished movement, indicating that the clock was to be displayed before an over mantel mirror. Little is known about this maker, with only a mention of the name and location in the most recent edition of "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World" by Brian Loomes. It is interesting to note that Deltroit included "student of Janvier" on the back plate, suggesting that he studied under Antide Janvier, one of the most eminent makers in horological history. A coded number below the signature may be the date of completion, possibly 1830.
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000