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Real Antique Steampunk Clock

Started by Madame Curatrix, November 05, 2012, 05:57:49 PM

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Madame Curatrix

I saw this gorgeous antique ca. 1885 clock in the shape of a steam engine on Tumblr. It is being offered by Heritage Auctions out of Dallas, Texas, and will be included in their sale on December 11, 2012.



http://historical.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=6092&lotIdNo=21001

Description from listing: Circa 1885 Industrial Series Mechanical Clock Barometer. The Industrial Revolution not only spawned factories, but was reflected in the decorative arts. This combination clock and barometer is in the form of a boiler or steam engine. A flywheel, pair of pistons and governor go into motion when separately wound. Most of these novelty clocks are attributed to Guilmet of Paris. The dial of this model has the name of the retailer, A. Mucoli & Figlio of Palermo. The red granite base has three cracks. It appears to be complete and both the clock and mechanism winds, but neither works. Once it's repaired and cleaned of surface grime, it should "be ready to go to work" and quite the conversation piece.

Magnificent piece.

Maets


Captain Shipton Bellinger

Actually, I built that piece next year but accidentally left it behind on a sight-seeing trip to 19th C Mount Etna (checking Prof Lidenbrock's escape route).  ;)


What a fabulous clock - it's more Steampunk than Steampunk!

Capt. Shipton Bellinger R.A.M.E. (rtd)



Michael Farley

Ah, the words that strike fear into any man's heart when he sees something he covets...

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Prof Thadeus Q. Wychlock

Quote from: Michael Farley on July 29, 2014, 08:06:19 AM
Ah, the words that strike fear into any man's heart when he sees something he covets...

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Absolutely :)
"In a world whose only quarrel with instant gratification is that it takes too long, we are practitioners of a dying art: patience."

Keith_Beef

Quote from: Prof Thadeus Q. Wychlock on July 29, 2014, 11:06:50 AM
Quote from: Michael Farley on July 29, 2014, 08:06:19 AM
Ah, the words that strike fear into any man's heart when he sees something he covets...

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"Price on request"


Absolutely :)

If you have to ask the price, you probably can't afford it.
--
Keith

Prof Thadeus Q. Wychlock

Quote from: Keith_Beef on July 29, 2014, 11:24:13 AM
Quote from: Prof Thadeus Q. Wychlock on July 29, 2014, 11:06:50 AM
Quote from: Michael Farley on July 29, 2014, 08:06:19 AM
Ah, the words that strike fear into any man's heart when he sees something he covets...

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"Price on request"


Absolutely :)

If you have to ask the price, you probably can't afford it.

Alas ...... Often all too true :(
"In a world whose only quarrel with instant gratification is that it takes too long, we are practitioners of a dying art: patience."

Crescat Scientia

Quote from: Prof Thadeus Q. Wychlock on July 30, 2014, 06:15:01 PM
Quote from: Keith_Beef on July 29, 2014, 11:24:13 AM
Quote from: Prof Thadeus Q. Wychlock on July 29, 2014, 11:06:50 AM
Quote from: Michael Farley on July 29, 2014, 08:06:19 AM
Ah, the words that strike fear into any man's heart when he sees something he covets...

Spoiler: ShowHide
"Price on request"


Absolutely :)

If you have to ask the price, you probably can't afford it.

Alas ...... Often all too true :(

It also gives vendors leeway to charge different prices to different clients without anyone the wiser.

Perhaps I am too cynical.
Living on steam isn't easy.
-- Jessica Fortunato

Have you heard?  It's in the stars, next July we collide with Mars.
-- Cole Porter

That's not sinister at all.
-- Old family saying