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L'Epee..VERY VERY RARE LARGE VENETIENNE MUSICAL CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH ADDITIONAL REPEAT / CHIME / AND ALARM MECHANISMS

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Seller: iwcforme (1.296) 100%, Location: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 292563626193 I have been a L'Epee clock enthusiast for many years and have had lots of different older models over the years but I have only once had the opportunity of acquiring something as special as this, breaking my littler piggy bank at the time. I believe this to be a HIGHLY collectable and VERY RARE CLASSIC Venetienne cased repeater / Alarm / clock with an added musical "aire" mechanism, situated in the base of the clock and which plays when the alarm is triggered.Not sure what is the "aire" ...possibly Mozart but in any event It sounds very pretty .The musical side is wound from the base of the clock ( see photo) and works in conjunction with the alarm which can also be used along with the musical aire or separately as normal if so desired.As the clock has been in storage a service is recommended but I have run it and it seems to be working fine The clock was restored by F A Gluck, in London, who owned the L'Epee trademark, some years ago, ( perhaps a service is recommended , although working fine) before Swiza bought the brand name and it has been a "safe queen " ever since. I was advised, again some years ago , by a very knowledgeable French L'Epee collector, that they were produced in very limited numbers.They, F A Gluck, themselves, had never seen one before although they were happy to confirm that it was an original L'Epee , It was suggested that perhaps they were special presentation editions made for public dignatories / heads off State etc although again I cannot confirm that but seems quite feasible. If anyone can enlighten me with any further details / information then it would be appreciated, for my own use and of course would be willingly shared with any potential buyer, as I do not wish to mislead anyone. I can be contacted via ebay messaging services or +44 (0)7811 780 653 /01623 629375 I have written to L'Epee and I am advised that his clock is around 30 years old and was made in very limited quantity ....100 The musical box in the base of the clock is from a company called ReugE , famous for their quality musical boxes and who continue to work in partnership with L'Epee As for price I do remember one of my French collector with whom I had dealings telling me he knew of one which that one had been sold some years ago for about 6000 euros but I have no official proof of that. So here it is . Maybe my starting price is possibly far too low Will consider near offerYou must do your own research and make up you own mind and bid accordingly As they say in collector circles ....FIND ME ANOTHER ONE. ( another 99 or less around somewhere but no doubt in private collections/ embassies / presidential palaces etc. ) The more I investigate the more I believe that this is indeed a very rare collectors piece and worthy of inclusion in any high grade carriage clock collection. I am happy for any potential buyer to view before purchase Free UK postage Will deliver worldwide ..we repay any excess postage PS thought I would share this with you all.....quite amazing Had a bid of £1500 from someone. All I can say is If you have same model in the same condition for this price I will definitely buy it from you .....its not a fire sale but a seriously rare clock, limited to just 100 clocks, at a very realistic price . The value can only increase over the years. Only available due to ill health.As for price have a look at swiza web site and look at prices for current modern L'Epee models and then consider my asking price for this early and rare 1990 clock, I have never seen this model for sale before. Features: 8-Day, Sub-Type: Carriage Clock, Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Material: Brass, Style/ Origin/ Theme: French, Brand: L'Epee MUSICAL, Age: Antique, Post-1900

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