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Cheshire Life - - Finer Things -

Col­lec­tors love nov­el­ties and they don’t come more quirky than this late 19th cen­tury French gilt brass and steel man­tle clock mod­elled as a poop deck of a ship com­plete with bin­na­cle com­pass and sailor at the helm. As the con­cealed pen­du­lum swings so he sways with it, turn­ing the wheel as if steer­ing the ves­sel. Sent for sale from Ire­land, the clock sold to a Lon­don pri­vate buyer for £5,300 at a Peter Wil­son auc­tion in Nantwich. Parisian horol­o­gist An­dré Ro­main Guil­met (18271892) pro­duced a num­ber of nov­elty clocks mod­elled as a beam en­gine, a steam ham­mer and a boiler, while an­other with a ma­rine theme was a light­house with a re­volv­ing ‘light’ which con­tained a clock face and a barom­e­ter.

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