GLOBE CLOCK BLUE Redier a Paris 1873 no. 140 France


M&R 276

Signed Redier a Paris 1873 no. 140

Brass plated with cylinder escapement and balance, driven by a barrel.

There is a gilded brass equatorial band which is marked out for the hours and half hours and bears domed enamelled arabic numerals (1 to 12 twice). The time is indicated by a decorative blued steel and gilded sunburst hand.

The brass ring is signed: J.W. Benson 25 Old Bond Street. The gimbal supporting the globe rests on a turned brass column with an octagonal black marble base. To wind it a two-pronged key is inserted through the base of the gimbal into a brass disc at the bottom of the globe which is attached to the movement. Rotating the globe anti-clock-wise will then wind the clock. On the blue bol signed and dated Rédier aParis 1873 no. 140. The globe bears Redier’s decorative monogram, which acts as his trade-mark.

Duration: 1 week
Height: 20,5 cm.
Diameter: 8,5 cm.

-Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, blz. 546 – 547.
-This outstanding “sphère mouvante” was first presented and described in detail in “La Nature Revue des Sciences” in June 1883.

The maker
The maker: Antoine Rédier, an eminent maker of clocks and registering instruments. He was born in Perpignan 1817 and died in Melun 1892, ‘elève de Perrelet’ and successor of Duchemin. In 1850 Redier was recorded to work at Place du Châtelet, in 1860 at Cour des Petites-Ecuries, Rédier et Cie: 1870-1880. He published several memoirs.. (“Mémoire sur le pendule conique”. Paris 1861), and was associated with his son in 1883, at St-Nicolas-d’Aliermont. Used aluminium in gridiron pendulums and for escape wheels.

The retailer
J.W. Benson based at 25 Old Bond Street in London works as a watch and clockmakers. Became retailers of clocks, watches and jewelery.


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