French Industrial Series mantel clock.  Lighthouse.

This very interesting clock was made in France circa 1880. This model is considered one of a series of automated clocks that share Industrial themes. This example is modeled after the lighthouse form and is in very good condition.

The case is constructed in brass and is decorated with a door and several windows that are applied and secured from the inside. The base is inscribed with a brick work pattern. Inside the base is a spring powered movement that when wound, will rotate the upper turret for approximately a day. This is wound by opening the lower door located above the black platform and inserting the key. The upper turret, displays the time on one side. The timepiece here is spring wound and designed to run 8 -days and features a platform An aneroid barometer opposes it. Two thermometers, one reading Centigrade the other Fahrenheit, are also located in this section. The top is capped with a finial. I like the walkway around the turret. It is fenced off with a decorative railing. This is a very nice detail. All of which is constructed in a manner that is impressive and some what life like.

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

This clock stands approximately 17.5 inches tall.

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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