A large French-made four-column crystal regulator shelf or mantel clock. This is an uncommon case form having a peaked-shaped roof. 220084

This Crystal Regulator was made in France circa 1890. It is considered an oversized example having a case that measures 16.75 inches tall, 10.25 inches wide, and 9.5 inches deep. The case is constructed in brass and features a highly polished finish that has been protected with a light lacquer finish. It is elevated on applied feet. Between the feet is a decorative drop design. The concave-shaped base molding is deeply formed. The front section is decorated with an applied floral-themed casting. Several additional moldings transition from the base section to the middle section. One of these moldings is an ogee form and is decorated with engravings. The brass framed case is decorated with four large vertical columns. These are well-formed and include a section of fluting and Corinthian capitals. The four sides of the case are fitted with beveled-edged glass. The back panel has a slight abrasion in the lower right corner. The panels provide excellent visibility inside the case. The front and back panels also act as access doors. The top of the case is a distinctive form seldom seen in Crystal regulator design. The top is peaked and features a moderate slope out to the sides of the case. Under the overhang or eaves are decorated with an applied casting. The front gable features an additional applied cast floral decoration.

The porcelain dial measures 4.5 inches in diameter. It is framed in a brass bezel that measures 5.5 inches in diameter. The outer enamel ring is formatted with large Arabic-style hour numerals. These are presented in a tumbled or upright position. Several hairlines can be seen in the enamel surface. The steel-shaped hands indicate the time. The inner section of the dial steps into a matted brass surface. Here one will find the two winding arbors. You will also note that is example is fitted with a visible escapement. This is a wonderful feature and allows one to view the relationship between the jeweled pallets and the delicate escape wheel. The clock is signed by the retailer in this location. It reads, “A. Frankfield & Co / New York.” The retail jewelry business of A. Frankfield & Co. was located at 38 W. 34 St.

The time and strike movement is spring-powered and designed to run for eight days on a full wind. This clock strikes each hour on a wire gong mounted to the back of the movement. The rear plate is marked with the Japy Freres die-stamp. The pendulum is fitted with two sealed glass tubes. They have discolored slightly over time.

This clock stands approximately 16.75 inches tall, 10.25 inches wide, and 9.5 inches deep. It is inventory number 220084.

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