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The 8-day timepiece movement is regulated with a duplex escapement, the balance forming the oscillating lens that reflects light at the top. This glass encased lens is constructed with a number of clear vertical bars which oscillate, giving the effect of a flashing light.
The case is cast in brass, the brickwork silver-plated and the rings gold-plated. To the base of the light bars the walkway has an intricate filigree gallery fence. The white enamel dial measures approximately 1 ½” with Roman numerals and original steel hands.
André Romain Guilmet
André Romain Philéas Guilmet was an inventor, best known for his mystery clocks in which a female holds her hand outstretched; pivoted on the hand is a clock pendulum which appears to have no impulse. He took out a number of patents between 1853 and 1887, some horological, others not. Some were in conjunction with other inventors, such as the bicycle chain (developed with Edouard Myer in 1868).
He also produced a series of clocks of an industrial nature between c.1875 and the 1910s. This lighthouse is one, others include the steam hammer clock, beam engine automaton, mortar clocks. This model is illustrated on page 257 & 258 of Derek Roberts’ book, Mystery, Novelty and Fantasy Clocks.
Guilmet’s industrial clocks are novelty clocks of the highest standard and are very collectable.
Serviced and guaranteed for 3 years.
Height: 8 ¼″ or 21cm
Provenance: Private collection – France
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