AUCTION : 0518


Clock, Watch, Jewelry, Nautical Instruments & Antiques Auction

Clocks & Clockmaker's Shop featuring rare French Industrial Series
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:30am: LOTS 1 - 598
Preview: Saturday, May 19 at 8am to 10:15am. Limited Watch Preview Extended Until 12pm.

Precision Timepieces, Important Watches, Nautical Instruments, Marine Clocks, Jewelry & Antiques
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 10am: LOTS 599 - 1192
Preview: Saturday, May 19 at 8am to 10:15am & Sunday, May 20 at 8am to 9:45am 

The Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly the Radisson Hotel), Manchester, NH

Lot#: 690

DESCRIPTION: Instrument maker's trade sign, thick wooden board and batten construction with arched top, molded edges, black background with red and gold trim and hand-painted lettering reading "Jos Willan / Boston / Est. 1851 / Instrument Maker", applied sculptural elements made of wood and sheet copper include an inverted pair of dividers and an octant with partial signature.
CONDITION: Probably a reproduction made with some old materials, a skilled artist went to great lengths to artificially age and distress this handsome sign in a convincing manner. The age of the reproduction itself adds to the verisimilitude.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $500
DIMENSIONS: 36.5in x 24in x 5in