French Crystal Regulator. An unusual case inlaid with champleve. Theodore B. Starr, New York.

This is a beautiful French Crystal Regulator. It was made in France circa 1900 and was retailed by Theodore B. Starr in New York. The case is framed in brass. These surfaces have been highly polished and protected with a light lacquer finish. There are four separate glass panels. Two of these function as access doors. The front door opens to allow one access to the dial. The back door allows one access to the pendulum and the French made movement. Additional decorative features that are incorporated in the case design are the six columns. Four of these are brass and are nicely decorated. The other two columns are made from porcelain. That are blue and feature a reeded detail along their length. These are free standing and mounted in capitals. The tops are a Corinthian form. These columns provide a vertical the structure for the case. A top the case are five brass finials and pedestal. The bottom of the case is fitted with six turn brass feet and a drop apron that feature a shell. Champleve enamel work is located in the design of the case. It is very colorful.

The dial is brass and features painted Arabic hour numerals. The center field is fitted with an applied champleve medallion This clock is signed in this location by the Retailer. The hands are steel and skillfully made.

The movement is brass and very good quality. It is designed to run eight full days and strike each hour on a wire gong mounted inside the case. This clock will also strike once at the half hour. The circular pendulum bob hangs from the back of the movement. It incorporates a second champleve inlaid medallion The motion of this pendulum can be seen from all the sides of the case.

This case measures approximately 14.75 inches tall, 9.25 inches wide and 6 inches deep. Inventory number XX-30.


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