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13.03   U.S. NAVY DECK CLOCK.   Authentic World War II Mark I Deck Clock made for the U.S. Navy in 1942 by the venerable Seth Thomas clock company, as signed below the 6, “Made by Seth Thomas in U.S.A.”  This heavy duty clock has a sturdy Bakelite case mounted to a thick aluminum backing plate (new).  The perfect blackened brass dial has bold Arabic numerals, a minute chapter ring and a subsidiary seconds bit below the 12 showing single seconds marked by 10’s.  Cream colored spade hands sweep the bright white numerals.  The dial is protected by the convex Lexan crystal which shows some expected age checking.  This back winding clock has 5 apertures all of which can be sealed off by an internal revolving plate operated by a brass pin.  Going counterclockwise from the top is the Fast/Slow adjustment, the seconds stop feature, the key set feature, the winding arbor and the sliding disc pin.  Of particular note is the seconds stop feature which was particularly important in coordinating action among a group of ships and/or landing parties.  Exact timing was crucial and this was the way clocks were matched to the second by radio signal.  As mentioned the clock body hinges out from its aluminum mounting plate with a heavy brass hinge and a knurled brass closure knob.  4 countersunk holes are provided for screwing it to the bulkhead  or a single hole at the top for hanging on a support.  8 inches in diameter and 3 5/8 inches deep.  The aluminum mounting plate itself is ½ inch thick.  The clock has just been service by a professional watchmaker at a cost of $80.  It keeps perfect time.  RETAIL $795  NOW!  295
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13.90 EARLY DECK WATCH. Classic World War I era gimbaled ship’s timekeeper made by the highly respected American makers Elgin National Watch Co., as marked on the perfect porcelain dial. This lovely example is Elgin’s famous “Father Time” model with free sprung movement, 40 hour Up/Down indicator and stem wind, lever set features. The very high grade movement is beautifully damascened nickeled brass and is fancily-engraved, “Father Time, Elgin, Ill., U.S.A., ELGIN WATCH CO. U.S.A. 21 jewels, Adjusted 5 Positions” highlighted in gold. The bi-metallic balance has a blued steel hairspring and gold timing weights. The hairspring is “free sprung” meaning it was factory-adjusted for optimal time keeping with no provision for further correction. The movement is housed in its weighted brass case with beveled glass crystal slung in gimbals. There is a gimbal lock at the right rear of the box, and it also has a brass dust rail and box lock in the lower tier. The second tier is glazed and bears a brass inset on the front reading “ELGIN.” The upper tier opens with a button latch and a brass lid stay. The solid mahogany box is of splined joint construction with all brass fittings. 5 1/8 by 5 1/8 inches square by 5 ¼ inches high. What’s more it comes complete with its original Elgin-marked outer box with leather strap and original skeleton keys! Condition is very good, noting expected wear from actual use at sea. An excellent time keeper. The serial number on the movement dates this deck watch to 1918 -- nearly 100 years old! They simply do not come any nicer. SOLD Back to Top

At this writing an Elgin deck watch of the same vintage in a mismatched box is currently being offered on eBay for $3825. Two others in poorer condition are offered for $3,540 and $3,450 respectively.


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13.76  U.S. NAVY DECK CLOCK.  Genuine World War II vintage ship’s clock made for the U.S. Navy by the Chelsea Clock Co.  The black composition dial is signed “MARK I DECK CLOCK, U.S. NAVY DECK CLOCK (N) 50262 CHELSEA”. This beautiful ship’s timepiece has bold Arabic numbers, white spade hands, a minute chapter, and seconds bit below the “12.”   It is the Navy’s classic “backwind” bulkhead deck clock with Bakelite case and convex crystal.  A knurled thumbscrew on the right secures the back to the mounting flange on a watertight O-ring. The clock body opens forward on a bronze hinge exposing the back which has 5 apertures.  They are: Fast/Slow, Winding, Set, and Stop. This latter feature is unique in that it actually allows the clock to be set to the exact second without stopping the movement -- necessary in coordinating fleet movements, shore bombardment and amphibious assaults.  A 5th aperture is a small button which covers the openings when not in use. The mechanism is Chelsea’s finest quality 11 jewel movement with solid brass components featuring a bi-metallic balance and lever escapement.  The backplate is marked, “CHELSEA CLOCK CO., BOSTON U.S.A.” and is serial numbered XXXXXX* dating it precisely to April 14, 1944.   As configured, the sturdy Bakelite case can also be removed from the hinged bulkhead mounting plate.  The clock is a precise timekeeper in fine, original cosmetic condition.  5 ½ inch dial and 8 ½ inches in diameter overall. Complete with original “Chelsea” marked winding key.   795


* For the privacy and security of the purchaser the serial number of this clock is being withheld.


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13.99   WW I TORPEDO BOAT CHRONOMETER WATCH.  Rare marine chronometer watch manufactured by the highly respected Swiss firm of "LONGINES, SWISS" as marked on the perfect silvered dial.  This large timekeeper in pocket watch format features a snap fit bezel with glass crystal covering a bold Roman numeral dial.  The pristine dial has a minute chapter and inset seconds bit at the bottom with a 36 hour Up/Down below XII.  The double hinged back cover is stamped "0.800" fine silver and opens to reveal the exceptional 17 jewel movement with decoratively damascened plates.  It is stem wound, stem set, with a lever escapement and compensated balance.  The movement is signed, "17 JEWELS ADJ. LONGINES Co. Swiss."  This high grade deck watch is housed in its original satin-lined mahogany inner box with splined construction and brass closures.  As a collectible, what is exceptional is the fact that it is complete with its outside carrying box with padded green felt interior and original leather carrying strap.   The watch itself has a dial 2 ¼ inches in diameter.  The solid silver case is 2 ¾ inches in diameter and 3 ¾ inches high inclusive of the bow.  The inner case measures 5 by 6 by 2 1/8 inches.  The outer case is 9 ¼ inches wide, 8 ½ inches long and 6 inches high overall.  The entire offering is in beautiful original condition and the watch is an excellent timekeeper.   Price Request

According to Marvin Whitney, esteemed author of "Military Timepieces," 1992 American Watchmakers Institute Press, the Longines deck watch was introduced to the U.S. Navy in 1904. It was often referred to by other world navies as a "deck or chronometer watch or compteur." Whitney describes it on page 295 as, "Caliber 21.29, 17 jewels, 36 hours, bimetallic balance, cam regulator, silver case."

This item comes form the prestigious collection of a very well known Admiralty Law lawyer who for years only collected the best examples of important maritime-related artifacts.

Several weeks ago a similar watch with a scratch on the dial was offered on eBay.  It had a plain brass case minus the outer carrying case!  The "Buy It Now" price was $4,750. Item 400981457331.


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13.01  BARGAIN CHRONOMETER.  Genuine mid-19th century English marine timekeeper by a very respected maker.  This 2-day chronometer is beautifully hand-engraved on the silvered brass dial “HENRY HIATT Prescot Liverpool No. 630.”  It features Roman numerals surrounded by a minute chapter ring swept by solid gold hands.  The subsidiary seconds bit  showing individual seconds marked by 10’s is above the “VI.”  A 56 hour UP/DOWN is below the “XII.”  The highly finished all brass movement is a thing of beauty complimented by blued steel components.  It features a bi-metallic temperature-compensated balance with large timing weights, early blued steel helical hairspring and diamond end cap.  It has a spring détente escapement and of course a chain drive fusee.  All of this is mounted in the original solid brass tub slung in gimbals.  The bottom of the tub has a spring-loaded dust cover over the winding arbor.  The simple, early style mahogany box is not original to the chronometer.  However it is a period antique of the classic 3-tier type, with brass inlaid cover, glazed midsection with button latch  and lid stop.  The lower section contains the gimbal lock, pivoting drop carrying handles and original box lock with skeleton key.  This chronometer is complete with its original ratcheted brass winding key.  The dial measures 3 7/8 inches in diameter.  The box is 6 ½ inches square and 7 inches high.  Excellent original cosmetic and running condition throughout.  A $4,500 value  2800 Special PackagingBack to Top

According to Tony Mercer, author of “Chronometer Makers of the World,” 1991 N.A.G. Press, Colchester, England, Henry James Hiatt, Prescot first worked at 5 Bath Street, Liverpool then 39 Castle Street.  Mercer calls him “A fine chronometer maker. Described also as a watch and clockmaker.”  (p. 163).  This very number, “630” is indicated on page 164, extrapolated to date 1857.



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13.96  EARLY GREENWICH TRIAL WINNER CHRONOMETER.   Truly exceptional, complete and totally original 2-day mariner timekeeper by the famous maker Richard Widenham as beautifully engraved in script on the silvered brass dial, “Widenaham Lombard Street, London No. 1368.”  This machine exhibits several desirable early features.  The dial has Roman numerals with a minute chapter marked in 5 minute increments and is swept by beautiful solid gold spade hands.  The subsidiary seconds bit above the VI o’clock position is countersunk.  The Up/Down indicator below the XII reads from 0 to 56 hours but is the reverse of more modern chronometers in that “0” is on the left.  Most telling of its early age is the fact that this chronometer has a thin knurled brass bezel housing a domed glass crystal.  This feature is further accentuated by the early-form square brass bowl with pivoting dust winding cover on the bottom.  It is slung in gimbals with the typical English gimbal locking lever and knurled thumbscrew stop.  For winding, this chronometer is complete with its original ratcheted winding key, again of very early, “rabbit ear” form.  Within the early bowl, the absolutely finest quality movement is a thing of beauty having a diamond end stone, bi-metallic balance with helical steel hairspring, spring détente escapement and of course chain drive fusee.  The top plate is magnificently-engraved London Widenham Lombard Street 1368.”  This number matches the dial number and the number stamped in the bottom of the bowl.  The chronometer is mounted in its original diminutive, very rich, fully brass-bound African mahogany box with inlaid ivory number disc “1368” on the front and folding brass drop handles on the sides.  It is also complete with it original box lock and functional skeleton key.  Of significant importance is the fact that this chronometer also retains its original decorative Widenham trade label in the lid.  Below the iconic emblem of the Royal crown with lion and unicorn, it reads, “THE HONble BOARD OF ADMIRALTY has been pleased to grant The first premium Prize of £300 to RICHARD WIDENHAM … for the very superior performance of his CHRONOMETER at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich,” & c. & c.   This chronometer is in good running condition.  The dial measures 3 5/8 inches in diameter.  The box measures 5 15/16 square by 6 ¼ inches high.  Excellent overall condition in all respects. Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top

To his great credit as a superior maker, Richard Widenham won the Greenwich chronometer trials in 1824 with his number 929.   Thereafter his output received widespread respect and acclaim from ship masters as well as those in the watch and clock industry itself.


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13.92    GREAT WHITE FLEET ERA NAVY DECK CLOCK.   Very scarce clock made for the U.S Navy by the prestigious Chelsea Clock Co of Boston.  This high grade clock with perfect blackened brass dial reads, “Chelsea Clock Co, Boston. U.S.A. / U. S. NAVY Deck Clock No 2.”   It features bold Arabic numerals swept by Breguet style moon hands, a minute chapter ring and a subsidiary seconds bit showing individual seconds marked by 10’s below the “12.”  The movement is Chelsea’s 11 jewel time only masterpiece with lever escapement and all brass plates.  It is marked “Chelsea Clock Co.” and impressed with serial number XXXXX* dating it to 1911.  The movement is housed in an original solid brass case with classic screw-on ship’s clock bezel which forms an airtight seal – an important consideration for the rigors of the seaborne environment.  This clock is mounted in a lovely solid mahogany Chelsea factory display stand for mantle or desk.  The bottom is lined in matching brown felt.  The dial measures 4 inches in diameter.  The clock itself is 5 3/8 inches in diameter, while the custom mount stands 9 ½ inches wide, 7 inches tall and 4 inches deep.  Outstanding original condition in all respects.   It is hard to believe this pristine clock is over 105 years old!  It is a strong runner, and keeps accurate time, having just been thoroughly serviced by an AWI (American Watchmakers Institute) certified technician.  Complete with its original early brass Chelsea “butterfly” winding key -- a valuable collectible in its own right.  SOLD

The Great White Fleet was the popular name given to United States Navy’s fleet of battleships which, by order of President Theodore Roosevelt, circumnavigated the globe during the period from December 16, 1907 to February 22, 1909.

* For the privacy of the ultimate buyer the serial number of this clock is being withheld.


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13.91  BOTTOM BELL CLOCK.  The classic 19th century ship’s pilot house clock by “SETH THOMAS Made in U.S.A.” as marked on the silvered brass dial.  This distinctive design was introduced and patented by Seth Thomas in 1872 as the “bottom bell” or “bell under” pilot house ship’s bell clock.  The handsome dial has bold Roman numerals swept by blued steel spade hands over a minute chapter with a subsidiary seconds bit below the twelve.  Even the highest grade Chelsea ship’s bell clocks do not have a second hand!  On the dial at the IX position a lever is provided to set the bell sequence.  This example represents the earliest version which has a bayonet mounted bezel with a built-in reflector ring.  The bezel still retains its original old wavy glass, and turning it mere ½ inch twist attaches it to the case.  It also has its original wooden backboard mounting the oversize bell.  The top and bottom are fitted with the original brass suspension brackets to keep the clock secure in a seaway.   All surfaces retain their strong original nickel finish with a nice patina.  The back of the clock bears the old label reading “ONE DAY LEVER SETH THOMAS. Thomaston. Conn. U.S.A.,” & c. & c.   11 ½ inches tall overall and 6 ¼ inches in diameter.  This clock is in particularly fine original condition both functionally and cosmetically considering it is 135 years old!  It keeps good time on a daily basis and strikes the ship’s bell sequence with an unmistakably loud clear tone!  Complete with antique winding key of the period. SOLD


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13.87  MILITARY TIME CLOCK.  Highest quality 24 hour dial ship’s clock made by the prestigious “Chelsea Clock Co. Boston” as marked on the black enameled dial.  This fine ship’s clock has Arabic numerals swept by white enameled spade hands and a large silver sweep second hand.  A Fast/Slow adjustment feature is just to the right of the center arbor.  The unique markings on the dial reflect the nature of 4 hour watches aboard ship.  The primary watch times,  4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and 00 are enhanced.  These are divided by 10ths on the outer chapter ring, which is also marked in 5 second increments on the extreme periphery.  The inner chapter, swept by the seconds hand, denotes individual seconds, indicated by dots marked in 15 second intervals.  The dial measures 8 inches in diameter and is housed in its original Bakelite case marked “Chelsea Clock Co. Boston” on the back.  The hinged bezel with perfect clear glass crystal and brass retainer ring, opens on the left with a knurled locking screw which securely closes the clock on an air tight rubber gasket.  10 ¼ inches in diameter overall.  An excellent timekeeper in perfect condition!  Complete with original Chelsea-marked winding key.  SOLD

Similar clocks can be found on eBay for about this same price.  The difference of course is we guarantee all items we sell and we only sell examples in superb condition.

Most late post war military clocks produced by Chelsea had plastic dials.  This clock has a brass dial.


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13.88  MINT CHELSEA CLOCK.  An amazing find!  Offered here is an older large Chelsea ship’s bell clock in unused, factory mint condition -- still in its original presentation box!  This is an 8 ½ dial ship’s bell clock featuring a silvered brass dial with large Arabic numerals and a minute chapter ring swept by Breguet-style blued steel “moon” hands.  The dial is marked “CHELSEA SHIP’S BELL” between the two winding arbors and the Fast/Slow micrometer adjustment is at the 9 o’clock position.  It is complete with the silvered brass (not plastic) reflector ring encircling the dial.  The high quality 11 jewel movement is Chelsea’s finest quality all brass ship’s bell type with lever escapement made in America. The massive brass case is of the classic ship’s clock type with flared bezel, hinged on the right, opening and closing with a button latch on the left.   The case number XXXXXX* matches the movement number, dating the clock to the early 1990’s.  The case measures 10 1/8 inches in diameter on the bezel, 10 ½ inches wide on the mounting flange and is 4 inches deep.   This clock comes complete in its original box with felt-covered foam rubber padding measuring 12 ½ by 14 inches and 5 ½ inches thick.  The entire presentation weighs nearly 19 pounds!  Complete with original Chelsea-marked winding key.  Price Request

*  For the privacy of the ultimate purchaser the serial number is being withheld.

The Chelsea Company website offers a new 8 ½ inch ship’s bell clock for the reduced” price of $3,230.00.



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13.85  IDENTIFIED EARLY U.S. NAVY CLOCK.   Most sought after early 1900’s American ship’s clock with a double provenance!  This high grade clock was made by the venerable Seth Thomas Clock Company of Thomaston, Connecticut.  It is boldly marked “U.S. NAVY Deck Clock No. 1” just below the center arbor and below the “6” it is signed “Made By Seth Thomas In U.S.A.”   Further it is faintly engraved “S.S. MAGNOLIA STATE 1944-1970” underneath the winding arbor.   This classic ship’s clock has a silvered brass dial with large Arabic numerals swept by blued steel spade hands over the minute chapter ring.  The subsidiary seconds bit showing single seconds marked by 10’s is below “12,” as is the Fast/Slow” adjusting lever.  The all brass case features a classic flared bezel with silvered reflector ring hinged on the left, opening on the right.  The military specification movement is Seth Thomas’ all brass 7 jewel 8-day,  number 116 model.  Most Seth Thomas movements are unnumbered, but this one has serial number 33564 stamped into the top plate.  The back plate is further marked “Seth Thomas, Thomaston, Conn.” in fancy lettering.  The platform holding the escape wheel is also decorated with floral designs in the old fashioned tradition.   The highly polished yellow brass case measures 8 inches wide on the mounting flange and 7 inches in diameter on the bezel.  It is 3 ¼ inches deep.  This clock is a strong runner and keeps good time.  Decent cosmetic condition with some minor flaws indicative of more than ¾ century sea service.  Complete with period winding key. SOLD

The steamship MAGNOLIA STATE, call sign AOGH, was a single screw cargo vessel 439 feet in length, with a breadth of 63 feet and a displacement of 27 feet.  She was laid down in 1944 by the Consolidated Steel Corporation of Wilmington, California and christened with the name NATIONAL EAGLE when launched in 1946.  She was acquired by the States Marine Corporation of Delaware later that year and renamed MAGNOLIA STATE.  (Lloyd’s Register of Shipping 1949-1950).

On page 428 of “Military Timepieces,” 1992, American Watchmakers Institute Press, author Marvin Whitney pictures this Seth Thomas Model No. 116, indicating “7-jewel escapement, 8-day single barrel, with U.S. Navy nomenclature, Ca. 1924.”


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13.84   GERMAN CHRONOMETER.  High quality 3rd quarter of the 19th century 2-day marine timekeeper with the silvered brass dial beautifully engraved “Th. Knoblich Hamburg No. 2305.”  The classic chronometer dial has bold Roman numbers swept by solid gold hands on a minute chapter ring.  A large subsidiary seconds bit marked by 10’s covers the VI position and a 56 hour Up/Down* indicator is below the XII.  The dial is protected by a beveled glass crystal fit into a knurled bezel with silvered reflector ring.  The lovely spotted (engine-turned) movement having all brass plates is a thing of beauty with turned pillars, diamond end stone, blued steel helical hair spring, large bi-metallic balance and spring détente escapement driven by a chain fusee.   This is all contained in the heavy brass tub with spring-loaded dust cover on the bottom.  It is slung in gimbals with matching gimbal lock in the box.  The original 3-tier chronometer box is constructed of lovely African mahogany with matching grain patterns.  The upper lid is inlaid with a traditional brass “shield” escutcheon and the middle tier bears the ivory nameplate engraved “TH. KNOBLIC No. 2305 HAMBURG.”  The middle and lower sections are inlaid with “star burst” escutcheons, the lower having a box lock and the middle with matching striker plate.  It is complete with functional skeleton key.  The lower section also contains the original brass ratcheted chronometer winding key and has an inlaid ebony dust barrier on 3 upper edges.   The entire presentation measures 7 1/8 inches square by 7 ½ inches high.  The chronometer dial is 4 inches in diameter while the bezel measures 5 inches across.  Condition is excellent.  The movement is a strong runner and keeps accurate time.  Whereas the chronometer and box have matching numbers, the chronometer bowl  does not, being a period replacement.  With that noted, it is still a very handsome high quality, fully functional ship’s chronometer with a rare continental signature.  SOLD Back to Top

Tony Mercer in “Chronometer Makers of the World,” 1991, N.A.G. Press, Eric Brunton Assoc., Ltd. Colchester, England  shows  on page 181, T. H. Knoblich, Inhabia Meier, Hamburg, Germany was a prominent nautical dealer from 1872 to 1919.   Extrapolation of listed serial numbers indicates that number 2305 dates to 1872 and is likely the work of famed London maker Asmus Johannsen. 

*This attribution is lent further credence by the fact that the winding indicator is marked “Up /Down” in English rather than “Ab /Auf” if it were in German.


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13.69  ENGLISH CHRONOMETER.  Elegant 3rd quarter  19th century 2-day marine timekeeper by the respected nautical instrument maker “JOSEPH SEWILL 61 South Castle STRT  LIVERPOOL.” as prominently engraved on the silvered brass dial.  It is additionally marked in fancy script, “Maker to the Admiralty” and number “4030” within the extra large seconds bit over the 6 o’clock position.  The especially handsome dial is adorned with 2 prize medal emblems from 1862 and the International Exhibition of 1867.  Both are accentuated in red, as is the address “30 Cornhill London.”  The 12 hour dial  features bold Roman numerals with a minute chapter marked in 5’s, swept by solid gold spade hands.  The subsidiary seconds bit is sub-divided into single seconds marked by 10’s.  The 56 hour Up/Down indicator is located below the “XII.”  The dial is covered by the beveled glass crystal set in a heavy brass bezel with silvered reflector ring.  It is housed in its solid brass bowl with rotating winding dust cover on the bottom, slung in gimbals with  knurled gimbal lock.  The particularly lovely all brass movement with diamond end stone and blued steel screws exhibits highly polished plates with decorative engine turning.  The large compensated bi-metallic balance has a blued steel helical hair spring, a spring détente escapement and a chain drive fusee.  Both the tub and the back plate are stamped with the serial number “2297” indicating it was one of Sewill’s earlier movements, circa 1868, ultimately finished and sold by his son, John.  This would explain the placing of the 1867 medallion on the dial and the addition of the later 30 Cornhill address within the seconds bit.  The entire assembly is housed in its exquisite, fully brass-bound box of solid rosewood with brass furniture.  The box measures 7 ¼ inches cubed and the dial is 4 inches in diameter, sight.  Complete with its original ratcheted chronometer winding key.  Excellent original condition in all respects and an excellent time keeper.  SOLD Back to Top

Born in 1800, Joseph Sewill began his business at 8 Duncan Street, Liverpool in 1839 under the name “Sewall.”  In 1845 he moved to 61 South Castle Street.  He maintained this business address until his death in 1876.  Sewill was a maker to the Royal Navy and the Queen of Spain.  He patented his own auxiliary compensation and was awarded the top prize at the Greenwich Trials in 1874.  Sewill was known to have made watches, chronometers, barometers and sextants.  His sons, John and Frank, carried on the firm name until 1905.  (Tony Mercer, “Chronometer Makers of the World,” 1991, NAG Press, Clerkenwell, London, p. 236).   John established a branch office at in London at 30 Cornhill in 1875.


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13.66  FRENCH CHRONOMETER.  Scarce,  2-day marine chronometer by the noted French maker “E. BOUDEAUD, PARIS No 1773” as engraved on the silvered brass dial.  This rare navigational timekeeper is uniquely French and therefore exhibits a number of characteristics not seen in contemporary English and American chronometers of the period.  The dial has bold Roman numerals and a minute chapter swept by gold spade hands.  The unusual Up/Down indicator is below the “XII.”  It is marked 0 – 49 in 7 hour increments!  The indicator needle is also made of gold.  The movement is housed in its heavy brass bowl slung in equally stout gimbals, all in their original lacquered finish.  The inside of the bowl is stamped “1779.”  The lovely all brass movement with nickel screws is signed on the top plate “E. Delépine No 1779, E. Boudeaud Sucr.”  It features a diamond end stone on the balance cock and a Palladium hairspring.  The bi-metallic balance has unusually large time weights with washers which can cleverly be moved in and out to adjust the timekeeping!  This chronometer has a footed spring détente escapement powered by a chain drive fusee.  All is housed in the beautiful figural-grain 3 tier mahogany box resembling rosewood.  The lower compartment has a unique sliding gimbal lock and heavy support brackets.  The right rear corner accommodates the brass winding key.  This key is a work of art in itself!  Entirely hand-made, it contains a tiny ratchet wheel resembling a gear.  It has 13 teeth which engage a spring-loaded pawl.  This arrangement allows winding with only the slightest turn of the hand.  Of the literally hundreds of chronometers we have sold in our 35+ years, this is by far the most splendid chronometer key we have seen!  The front has a functional box lock with its original key stored under the lid in the second tier.  The key escutcheon is a 4-cornered inlaid ivory shield.  The second tier hinges open with a sturdy brass lid stay.  The front bears the engraved ivory plaque reading “1773 _ . _ E. BOUDEAUD.”  The upper tier lid protects the glazed middle tier and opens on a piano-type stop hinge.  The front has a push button locking latch.  The side of the box is equipped with folding brass drop handles.  This fine, very rare example is in excellent original condition throughout.  It has just been serviced by an AWI (American Watch Makers Institute) certified technician. Antique French-made marine chronometers are a rarity in the nautical antiques market.   Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top

According to Tony Mercer in “Chronometer Makers of the World,” 1991, N.A.G. Press, London, Emanuel Boudeaud (1866-1924) was successor to Bernard Callier, who in turn succeeded the famous and innovative Parisian maker Joseph Winnerl.  Boudeaud won a gold medal for his chronometer at the Paris Exposition in 1900.

Emile Deléphine, successor to O. Dumas entered the trials of the French National Marine in 1886 and won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes against the famous chronometer maker, Leroy.  The Deléphine name appearing first on the movement suggests that this chronometer was begun by him and finished by Boudeaud.


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13.62  IMPORTANT CHRONOMETER.   Most rare navigational timepiece made  by the  pioneer English makers at the time when chronometer making was still in its infancy.  This incredible 2-day example was made by the venerable partnership of William Parkinson and William James Frodsham, begun in 1801 and actually dates to only a year later – 1802!  The diminutive navigational timekeeper has a silvered brass dial beautifully hand-engraved with the makers’ signatures “Parkinson & Frodsham Change Alley London 122” amidst flourishes.  The dial has bold Roman numerals and a minute chapter marked in 5 minute intervals swept by blued steel spade hands.  A subsidiary seconds bit is above the VI position with a fine blued steel needle hand.   Indicative of its early origin, it has no Up/Down indicator – a feature which came some 20 years later on chronometers produced by these makers. The dial is protected by its classic early form convex crystal.  The squared tub with rotating dust cover on the bottom is slung in gimbals in its unusually small box with gimbal lock and ratcheted winding key.   The movement is housed in Frodsham’s “signature” inner dust cover.  It is absolutely a thing of beauty with its diamond end stone,  blued steel helical hairspring, large compensated balance with early-form segmental pie-shaped weights and beautifully engraved brass top plate with the signature “Parkinson & Frodsham, Change Alley, London, No. 122.”  The exceptionally small plain mahogany box, indicative of this early period, has all brass furniture and is complete with its original box skeleton key and old style folding brass drop handles.  Telling of its early origins it has a felt-lined dust strip surrounding the precious mechanism.  The front of the chronometer box is inlaid with the matching ivory nameplate “122.”  5 ¼ inches square and only 5 ½ inches high – smaller than most deck watches!  Lovely original condition.  The movement has just been thoroughly serviced in England by a former employee of the Mercer Company of chronometer fame and is guaranteed to be in tip top running condition.  The box and all components are original.  An amazing surviving relic from the early days of sail, worthy of the finest museum! SOLD Back to Top


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13.50  CARVED WALL COMPENDIUM.  Very handsome 4th quarter of the 19th century English clock and weather station contained within an ornately-carved hardwood wall mount case.  This decorative high quality instrument has three indicators.  At the top is an 8 day clock equipped with an all brass jeweled movement with a scarce cylinder escapement.  It is set in a brass bezel with beveled glass crystal.  The wind and set function are made from the back with the original double-ended brass key.  The middle instrument consists of a lovely mercury thermometer with large bulb reading from 20 to 152 degrees Fahrenheit.  The silvered brass scale is marked with the traditional indicators, “FREEZING, TEMPERATE, SUMr HEAT, and BLOOD HEAT” and is mounted within a shaped wooden frame covered by glass.  The bottom is graced by a high quality aneroid barometer having a white dial with an especially large range -- reading from 26.7 to 32.3 inches of mercury in 2/100ths increments.  It too is marked with the traditional weather indicators “STORMY, RAIN, CHANGE, FAIR and VERY DRY.”  It is also marked with the weather trends such as “FALL for S.Wly. S.E. S.W.” and “RISE for N.E.ly. N.W. N.E.” etc.   A fine steel indicator needle points the reading and a second brass set needle attached to a knurled knob indicates change from the previous reading.   The set needle is rove through the beveled glass crystal housed in its brass bezel.   21 ¼ inches tall by 7 ¾ inches wide at the widest and 2 ¾ inches thick.  The entire presentation is in an excellent state of original preservation.  All three functions work properly and accurately.  The clock is a good timekeeper.  WAS 1495  NOW half off!  749


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13.82  CLOCK and BAROMETER SET.  Charming, near miniature clock and matching barometer pair made by the prestigious Chelsea Clock Co. of Boston.  This matched set is absolutely of the finest quality to be found.   Known as the "Manhattan" model it consists of Chelsea's high grade, jeweled time only clock having a silvered brass dial with Arabic numerals and blued steel spade hands.  With a serial number of XXXXXX* this set can be dated to precisely to November 9, 1939. The matching barometer, made by Paul Naudet of Paris is marked "Made In France PNHB Compensated, Holosteric Barometer."  It features a very high quality movement with an open face silvered dial calibrated in inches of mercury from 27.7 to 31.3 in 5/100th increments. It bears the standard weather indications, "RAIN, CHANGE, FAIR," etc. and is equipped with a delicate blued steel indicator needle and a brass set needle attached to a knurled knob running through the crystal. The bottom of the dial is fitted with a gracefully curving Fahrenheit thermometer calibrated in 2 degree increments from -6 degrees to 156! Both units are housed in their original heavy solid brass cases with10 decorative ship wheel "spokes" and knurled screw-on bezels. Each unit measures 4 3/4 inches in diameter overall with a 3 3/4 inch diameter mounting flange. The dials are 2 5/8ths inches across each.  The 8 day clock is a good timekeeper and is complete with the original Chelsea-marked winding key.  The barometer/thermometer functions are working and accurate. Outstanding cosmetic condition throughout!   Request Price

According to Andy Demeter in his book "Chelsea Clock Company The First 100 Years," 2001, David D. and Andrew C. Demeter, Chelsea, Massachusetts, the Manhattan set was, "introduced in 1937 for suggested use on motor boat instrument boards. These matching clock and barometer/thermometer models were available individually or as a set. This pair is essentially the Viking model with the addition of spokes around their circumference and like the Viking set, the Manhattan enjoyed a long life on the production line."

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13.41 CLOCK / BAROMETER/THERMOMETER  SET.   Extremely attractive, very scarce turn-of the 1900’s, genuine ship Captain’s cabin presentation featuring a high quality clock, barometer and thermometer mounted in a heavy, superbly-carved solid mahogany mount with a classic ropework border.  This set consists of 3 instruments.  The left side is an aneroid barometer reading atmospheric pressure from 26.5 inches of mercury to 31.5, calibrated by 2/100th inch increments.  The fancy Victorian dial is marked with the standard weather indications “Stormy, RAIN, Change, FAIR, Very Dry” with explanations on foretelling the weather by “RISES” and “FALLS.”  It is signed “Simpson Lawrence Co., Glasgow.”  The fine blackened steel indicator needle is overlaid by the brass set needle which is connected to a knurled brass knob rove through the beveled glass crystal in its brass bezel.  The center item is a mercury thermometer calibrated from 0 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in 2 degree increments.  The clock function is of the very highest order, made by the prestigious Chelsea Clock Company.  It too has a beveled glass crystal in a brass bezel hinged on the left, opening on the right with a spring latch to allow access for winding and setting.  The clock has a silvered brass dial with Arabic numerals and minute chapter swept by blackened steel spade hands.  The subsidiary seconds bit covering the “6” shows single seconds and is marked “CHELSEA.”  The retailer, “Joseph Jones, New York, U.S.A.” is identified above the center arbor.  This clock is an accurate timekeeper and runs 8 days on a single winding.  Complete with period Chelsea-marked winding key.  This lovely presentation measures 15 inches wide by 9 inches high and 2 ¾ inches thick.  Attesting to its shipboard use, brass mounting brackets are present top and bottom to fasten it securely to the bulkhead.  The carving of this set is of the first order, obviously done by a skilled ship carver.  This is a very rare ship Captain’s cabin item of unsurpassed quality -- certainly one of the finest we have seen in our 35 years.  The best!  2195


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13.38  EARLY SHIP’S ENGINEROOM CLOCK.   Magnificent late 19th century American ship’s clock made by Seth Thomas with the case and dial made by “Ashton Valve Co, Boston Mass.” as decoratively-engraved on the silvered brass dial below the winding arbors.   The dial, with engraved Arabic numerals, has a very bold minute chapter ring, large blued steel spade hands and a seconds bit below the 12.  This combination makes for an exceptionally handsome clock!   The dial is additionally marked “S.T.” and dated “1891” below the 6.  This most impressive ship’s timekeeper has a solid bronze case with classic flared bezel measuring 10 ¼ inches in diameter by 4 inches deep and weighs and amazing 16 pounds!  The glazed bezel with its original old wavy glass is hinged on the right, opening from the left with a secure button latch.  Speaking of its age, the glass is sealed within the bezel with plaster of Paris.  Amazingly, this handsome clock is a good timekeeper at 122 years old!  Very rare in this size, of this age and in such superb condition!  Complete with its original brass winding key!  Request Price Special Packaging

The Ashton Valve Company was begun in Boston during the Civil War producing steam valves, gauges and fittings for the emerging Industrial Revolution.  Located at 271 Franklin Street, Boston, the company received a gold medal at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.

Interestingly, an Internet competitor sold a similar clock a few years ago, for a very large, but undisclosed sum of money.  Their write-up goes to great lengths to extol the superb quality and rarity of that clock, which was clearly not as nice nor as old as the example offered here!  What’s more, we are now offering this same type clock for a much lower price than the inferior example sold for several years ago!  The link is:  http://landandseacollection.com/id191.html


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13.25  LARGE SHIPS BELL CLOCK.   Most impressive ship’s bell clock manufactured by the prestigious Chelsea Clock Company of Boston as engraved between the winding arbors, “CHELSEA SHIPS BELL.”  This clock contains Chelsea’s finest quality jeweled ships bell movement with an 8 inch silvered brass dial, engraved with bold Arabic numerals, minute chapter, blued steel Breguet-type moon hands and reflector ring.  The enduring appeal of this clock is in its magnificent presentation.  It has a classic ship’s clock case of solid rose bronze with flared bezel hinging open with a spring-loaded button latch.  This clock is also equipped with the valuable added feature of having a bell ON/OFF switch.  The entire presentation weighs an astounding 17 pounds and measures 10 inches in diameter overall by 4 inches deep.  With a serial number of XXXXXX* this clock dates to early 1968.  It is in excellent running condition and is a good time keeper, striking the ships bell sequence properly with a clear sonorous tone.  It has just been thoroughly serviced by our AWI (American Watchmakers Institute) certified technician.  It is in excellent, virtually perfect cosmetic condition, after 45 years!  Complete with original Chelsea-marked brass winding key. Price Request

* For the privacy and security of the ultimate purchaser, the serial number of this clock is being withheld.


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13.17    SHIP’s BELL CLOCK.  Second quarter 1900’s American ship’s bell clock made by the Seth Thomas Clock Company of Thomaston, Connecticut.  The silvered brass dial is marked “SETH THOMAS” just below the center arbor and “Made in U.S.A.” below the “6.”  This clock features bold Arabic numerals and a minute chapter ring swept by blackened spade hands, surrounded by the silvered brass reflector ring.  A Fast/Slow adjustment feature is present just above the center arbor.  The classic ship’s clock form features a flared Bakelite bezel hinged on the left, opening on the right, secured with a knurled locking screw on the original cork gasket.  The heavy clock case is made of zinc in its traditional black crackle finish.  The high grade jeweled all brass movement is Seth Thomas’ finest.  It is marked “Patented Oct.25.1921 Made in U.S.A. (<ST>).”  Then in fancy script it is signed “Seth Thomas Thomaston, Conn.” and is date stamped “6-44.”  This clock is in lovely cosmetic condition and is an excellent timekeeper, striking the ships bell sequence properly with a lovely sonorous tone.  It has just been thoroughly serviced by our AWI (American Watchmakers Institute) certified technician.  Complete with period brass winding key.   795


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13.08 NAUTICAL CLOCK AND BAROMETER SET. Handsome 3rd quarter of the 19th century English wall clock and barometer set with a nautical presentation. This high quality set is housed in a beautifully hand-carved oak case in the form of a large kedge anchor with the dials encircled by rope-carved borders. Both dials are finished in white enamel and are protected by beveled glass crystals. The clock has Roman numerals, Breguet-type moon hands and a minute chapter. The all brass 8-day jeweled movement is of the rare, early cylinder escapement type and runs well. The barometer is open faced showing its high quality movement. The dial is marked from 25 to 31 inches of mercury in 2/100ths increments with the standard weather indications, "RAIN, CHANGE, FAIR," etc. Both instruments are accessible from the rear. The clock has a hammered brass press-fit cover easily removed for winding and the barometer has a wooden cover secured by unusual slotted washers. The back of the case bears a wood-branded Victorian "Registration of Designs Office" mark used to identify pottery, wood and metal objects produced in England during the period from 1842 through 1883. Using it we can date the production of this clock/barometer exactly to June 19, 1873. (F, M, 19). The entire presentation measures 21 inches high and 10 inches wide. Outstanding original condition showing 140 years of careful use. 1395 Special Packaging


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13.21 EARLY SHIP'S BELL CLOCK. Genuine early 1900's American ship's bell clock made by Seth Thomas of Thomaston, Connecticut. This quality ship's clock has a silvered brass dial with bold black Roman numerals, blued steel spade hands, minute chapter ring and a seconds bit showing individual seconds below "XII." The dial is signed "SETH THOMAS" between the two winding arbors and is further marked "Made In U.S.A." below "VI.". The Fast/Slow adjust lever is above the 12 o'clock position and the manual strike lever marked "Strike" is left of "IX." The glazed hinged bezel with reflector ring opens from the left with a tight press fit. The case is the classic ship's clock type with flared bezel and is all brass in its original nickel finish. There is a screen at the bottom of the clock which allows maximum bell sound and it does so, ringing the ship's bell sequence properly with a loud, clear tone. The clock has just been thoroughly overhauled by a professional AWI-certified watchmaker and is in tip top condition. It is considered a 48 hours type. But in our possession since servicing, it has run 4 days on a single winding. 7 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep. Circa 1910. Excellent original condition showing wonderful age and absolutely no abuse. 495


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13.37  ALABASTER PRESENTATION CLOCK.  Fine, mid-19th century French mantel clock made for the English speaking market.  This 8-day spring wound pendulum clock has a circular brass movement stamped “243.”  It is housed within a lovely solid alabaster case with gilded brass fittings.  The pristine porcelain dial is hand-painted with blue Roman numerals and a minute chapter swept by Breguet style “moon hands” in gold.  The top is adorned with a classic Grecian urn and both sides contain gilt lion heads holding rings.  The clock rests on 4 gilt metal feet which are height adjustable to level the clock.  The bottom front bears the hand-engraved presentation on sterling silver reading, “PRESENTED TO Miss J. Jardine BY Mess’rs Stark & Son ->TAILORS<-.”   11 ¼ inches high by 8 ¾ inches wide and 4 inches deep.  Absolutely outstanding, near mint, original condition, and a very accurate time keeper.  It has just been thoroughly serviced by an American Watchmakers Institute-certified technician.  Complete with winding key.  795 Special Packaging



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13.56  YACHT WHEEL CLOCK.  Certainly one of the most recognizable and most sought after clocks ever made!  This impressive ship’s bell clock was manufactured by the prestigious Chelsea Clock Company of Boston for the retailers “BROCK AND COMPANY” as engraved on the silvered brass dial.  Known as the “Mariner,” this clock contains Chelsea’s high quality jeweled ship’s bell movement with a 6 inch dial, Arabic numerals, minute chapter, blackened steel Breguet-type “moon” hands and reflector ring.  The enduring appeal of this clock is in its magnificent presentation.  It has a classic ship’s clock case with flared bezel hinging open with a spring-loaded button latch.  That solid brass case is then encircled by a massive bronze “ship’s wheel” with ten turned brass spokes.  It sets atop a graceful heavy bronze plinth mounted to a solid mahogany backboard and base.  The entire presentation weighs an astounding 25 pounds and measures 17 ¼ inches high overall!  The bezel of this clock is 7 ¼ inches in diameter and it measures 14 inches wide from spoke to spoke, while the base is 12 ¼ inches wide by 5 3/8 inches deep.  With a serial number of XXXXXX* this clock dates to 1956.  It is in excellent running condition and is a good time keeper, striking the ship’s bell sequence properly with a clear sonorous tone.  It is in excellent cosmetic condition, exhibiting only minor wear to the dial, well expected after more than a half century of use.  Complete with original Chelsea-marked brass winding key. Request Price Special Packaging

Brock and Company was a prominent, nationally recognized jewelry firm, certainly the most important jewelry store in Los Angeles. Brock's was founded by George A. Brock in 1903. In growing the company, Mr. Brock merged a number of other established Los Angeles jewelers into Brock & Company, including S. Nordlinger & Son, which had operated in Los Angeles since the late 1800's. In the 1920's, George Brock obtained a 99-year ground lease on the property at 515 West Seventh Street, and soon the custom-designed structure (now housing Seven Grand) was built.

With son George C. Brock at the helm, the company continued to grow. A second store was opened on Wilshire Boulevard, in Beverly Hills. At that time Tiffany and Co. even proposed the merger with Brock of "Tiffany-Brock & Co." However Brock's valued their independence and the merger did not take place.

In the early 60's, George C. Brock decided to retire. Ben Weingart, a young real estate broker in the 1920s, had been involved in the 99-year ground lease for the Brock & Co. parcel on Seventh Street. He approached Brock about purchasing some land owned by the company. Mr. Brock told Weingart that the only way he could acquire the land was to buy the company.

Mr. Weingart did just that, purchasing the single remaining Brock & Co. store downtown in 1964. Thereafter Mr. Weingart brought in a liquidator who operated the business for a few years, gradually selling off its inventory. The jewelry business ended, and some of the store fixtures were sold. Clifton's rented the building installed a cafeteria. George C. Brock died in 1967.

Originally offered as the “Yacht Wheel Clock with Base” in 1906, Chelsea gave this configuration its own identity as the “Mariner” in 1928.  The model was ultimately discontinued in 1984.

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13.40 CHELSEA MARINER. The classic ship's bell mantel clock made by the prestigious Chelsea Clock Company of Boston as marked on the silvered brass dial, "CHELSEA SHIP'S BELL." This impressive timekeeper has Arabic numerals with blued steel Breguet-type "moon" hands and a minute chapter. The perfect 4 inch silvered brass dial is encircled by its original reflector ring and has a hinged bezel with button latch opening from the left for easy winding and setting access. The heavy brass case is surrounded by a brass and bronze "ship's wheel" with 10 spokes and is mounted on a bronze pedestal affixed to its full length mahogany back with sub-base. The pedestal retains its original factory statuary bronze patina. The all brass jeweled movement is Chelsea's finest. With a matching case and movement number of XXXXXX* this clock dates to 1948. 14 inches high, 10 1/4 inches wide and 5 inches deep. Outstanding condition in every respect. It is hard to believe that this clock, in such fine condition, is over 60 years old! It is rare to find these old clocks in their original factory finish. Complete with Chelsea-marked winding key. Request Price Special Packaging

According to Andy Demeter, author of "Chelsea Clock Company The First Hundred Years," 2001, Demeter Publications Ltd., Chelsea, Mass., on page 202, Chelsea first produced this design as the "Yacht Wheel Clock" in 1906. In 1928 the model name was changed to the "Mariner." The Mariner line was discontinued in 1984.

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13.75 CAPTAIN's CABIN CLOCK and BAROMETER SET. Genuine 19th century ship's clock and barometer set consisting of a handsome 9 inch diameter clock together with a 9 1/2 inch diameter barometer/thermometer -- both in beautiful "rope" carved wooden cases. The quality clock has a white enameled zinc dial, bold Roman numerals, steel spade hands, large inset seconds bit and two winding arbors. The hinged brass bezel opens and closes with a press fit affording easy access for winding and setting. The all brass 8-day movement is stamped "Ansonia Clock Co., U.S.A." and keeps good time, having just been professionally serviced. The back of the clock case bears the remnants of the old Ansonia label. The equally handsome barometer has an ornate white dial calibrated in inches from 27.8 to 31.2 in 2/100th increments and bears the standard weather indications "STORMY, RAIN, FAIR,' etc. Below is a curved mercury thermometer calibrated in both Fahrenheit and Centigrade. The barometer bears a large black indicator needle overlain by a brass "set" needle attached to a knurled brass knob. The dial is protected by its original thick beveled glass crystal set in a brass bezel. Both the barometer and thermometer function properly. Telling of this set's use aboard ship, both the clock and barometer have their original brass hanging brackets at the 12 and 6 o'clock positions to firmly secure them to the bulkhead. In addition, the barometer has wind indications marked on its dial, as expected of an instrument used at sea. This is a very elegant 19th century set that likely graced a Captain's cabin. Request Price

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