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013 A small and good, Gentleman's Rosewood Library timepiece.

A small and good, Gentleman's Library timepiece.

The eight day duration, chain fusee movement, with four shaped-ended, turned pillars and Anchor Recoil escapement. Also having micrometer regulation to the heavy, lenticular pendulum bob.

Behind a 3 1/2" diameter, silvered and engraved arched brass dial with Roman numerals within a minute ring, 5 minute triangular markings and outer, Arabic 5's within another ring. The dial centre bearing the
maker's signature in extremely fine, scroll engraving that arches over the centre, bearing "De la Salle & Christie" also, "London" in italics, below the centre. The lower corners and the arch having further
fine engraving in the form of foliate scroll work. Also having matching steel Breguet style 'Open moon' hands and offset winding that breaks into the numeral III.

Contained in a good, Rosewood veneered oak case. Having  flat top with folding brass chest carrying handle, slightly down-set concave Cavetto edge moulding that surmounts a dark, fluted band to three sides. The front case corners being canted for the most part and having flush
brass insets and being integral to the full-size hinged door. The plain plinth having a moulded top also, to three sides. The rear being plain with a rectangular glazed door and the front and sides having glazed,
arched apertures with canted brass inset framing. The case sat upon four 'Squashed bun' turned feet and the front and rear doors bearing their original locks, operated by a single key.

* James Thomas De la Salle is recorded as being in the Clockmaker's Company from 1816 to 1844. William Christie was a Chronometer maker to the Admiralty. Their partnership lasted from 1825
until 1845 when De la Salle probably died and they traded from premises at Cannon Street, London.

** This is an exquisite little timepiece less than 9 inches high. It's size, proportions, colour and style are most pleasing. The high quality is typical of that demanded by purchasers of these Library
clocks and it retains it's original colour and French polish. The powerful chain-fusee movement completely fills the case and can be seen through the side apertures. Damage is limited to slight shrinkage cracks
in the veneer and slight signs of usage conducive with it's age. It's small size makes it extremely desirable and few examples such as this become available. It would look fabulous on any piece of good furniture
or desk and my team at the Clockshop have all stated that this is one of the nicest clocks they have seen in a long time.

Dimensions:                       8 3/4" high x 6 1/2" wide x 4 1/2" deep.

Circa:                                 1835.

Condition:                          Extremely good and original.

Released by us:                August 2014.

Small chain fusee rosewood Library clock by Delasalle and Christie of London. Circa 1835.
  • Small chain fusee rosewood Library clock by Delasalle and Christie of London. Circa 1835.
  • Small chain fusee rosewood Library clock by Delasalle and Christie of London. Circa 1835.
  • Small chain fusee rosewood Library clock by Delasalle and Christie of London. Circa 1835.
  • Small chain fusee rosewood Library clock by Delasalle and Christie of London. Circa 1835.
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