Farmer's Weekly (South Africa)

A historical treasure trove discovered in Port Alfred

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While visiting a friend in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape, Farmer’s Weekly reader Dr Martin Briggs stumbled upon these and other beautiful pieces in their house.

He says it is likely that these vintage items (a carriage clock and a mechanical table balance scale with weights) arrived in South Africa with the 1820 British Settlers.

Carriage clocks, also known as ‘officers’ clocks’, were designed for travelling. What is interestin­g about them is that the first one was invented for Napoleon Bonaparte in early 19th century France.

 ??  ?? ABOVE: Over the years, mechanical scales have become collector‘s items. RIGHT: Attractive, portable and compact, carriage clocks were both functional and ornamental.
ABOVE: Over the years, mechanical scales have become collector‘s items. RIGHT: Attractive, portable and compact, carriage clocks were both functional and ornamental.
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