French Industrial Series. André' Romain Guilmet of Paris, France.

The very interesting clock was made by André Romain Guilmet of Paris, France circa 1885. It is considered one of a series of clock that share Industrial themes. This example is called the “Foundryman” and is in very good original condition. The clock, featuring Guilmet die stamp on the backplate is housed in the boiler to the left of the figure of a man. He is in the process of flattening a steel rod by placing it under the steam hammer. This hammer moves up and down and actually performs the duties of a clock’s pendulum. This has to be compounded in order to the clock to operate correctly. The hammer housing to the right of the man is quite tall. All of which is constructed in a manner that is impressive and life like.

This clock is in very good condition. The marble base is intact with several small chips around the perimeter and the dial has some moderate oxidation. The brass eight day time and strike movement is unsigned but does have the Guilmet stamp. The base appears to be Belgian slate. It is quite heavy. It is raised up on four pad feet that are brass.

The approximate dimensions are as follows: 17 inches tall, 13 inches wide, and 8 inches deep.

For additional information about this clockmaker please read Derek Roberts’ book titled “Mystery, Novelty and Fantasy Clock.”

About André Romain Guilmet of Paris France.

André Romain Guilmet was born on the 10th of December 1827 in La Ferté-Gaucher, France. He is best in the world of horology as a manufacturer of mystery clocks and clocks that feature an industrial theme. He is also credited as a watchmaker and inventor. He applied for a number of patents for designs. One of the more well known applications relates to the bicycle. It was his idea to put the driving chain below the seat. His most popular “mystery clock” (mysterieuse with glass pendulum) was that of a woman who held a pendulum in her outstretched hand and arm. She is usually positioned standing on a marble base with a clock below. The pendulum is impulsed by the mechanism underneath her that moves the figure imperceptibly from side to side. The industrial series of clocks features automated clocks in the form of windmills, lighthouses, automobiles, boats, steam hammers, boilers, etc. All of which are excellent quality.

For additional information about this clockmaker please read Derek Roberts’ book titled “Mystery, Novelty and Fantasy Clock.”


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