Large, impressive French 'Balloon Bracket/Mantel Clock with visible escapement 19 1/4 " tall; 9" wide and 5 3/4" deep

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Seller: john-f-t (334) 100%, Location: Alfreton, Ships to: GB & many other countries, Item: 174233798997 This is a large and impressive (note 19 1/4" high by 9" wide) Balloon Bracket or Mantel clock. It is a great-looking, quality, clock - but a bit of a puzzle. The movement is an antique, French, long pendulum, 19th century, 8 day, brass movement with a Brocot visible escapement, spade hands and strikes on the usual back-mounted bell; it also appears to be in good working order. The story that came with the clock (although there is no documentary evidence of this) was that it was a special item commissioned from a cabinetmaker and previously owned by a musician. Although at first it looks like the case is made of mahogany, closer inspection shows that is made of another wood, possibly maple or a fruitwood which has been stained. The marquetry panel on the front of the case is of 2 musical instruments (1 stringed and one woodwind) lying on top of a book of sheet music and it is extremely well done.The top crest is solid brass and is a ball topped with acanthus leaves and a pineapple finial. The case does have a worn patina, and therefore has some age to it (see photographs), but might perhaps be of a later date than the movement; I will let you decide. This is an antique clock and I therefore cannot guarantee it and advise that it will need to be levelled and set up correctly by a competent clock person. Condition: Both mainsprings are OK and when wound the clock works and strikes on the bell., Age: French 19th Century movement, Material: Mahogany finish, Type: Bracket/Mantel clock, Features: 8-Day, Clock Type: Bracket/Mantel Clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme: French

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