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    18th C. English Musical Bracket Clock

    Appraised Value:

    $18,000 - $22,000

    Appraised on: August 5, 2006

    Appraised in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Appraised by: Sean Delaney

    Category: Clocks & Watches

    Episode Info: Philadelphia, Hour 2 (#1105)

    Originally Aired: January 29, 2007

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    Form: Movement
    Material: Brass
    Period / Style: 18th Century
    Value Range: $18,000 - $22,000

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    Appraised By:

    Sean Delaney
    Clocks & Watches

    Delaney's Antique Clocks

    Appraisal Transcript:

    GUEST: My mother-in-law recently passed away about a year ago. And this was in the house that we removed when she passed away.

    APPRAISER: Do you know anything about it at all?

    GUEST: I really don't. We have no history on it, and I don't know anything about it.

    APPRAISER: Well, you have a spectacular clock. It's an English musical bracket clock with a three-train fusee movement inside of it. If you look here, it has the strike silent feature, which will shut off the strike if it were to wake you up. Also over here, you have a six-tune select. It plays six tunes. And in the arch of the dial, which is really special, is this automated figure that does a jig when the clock strikes the hour. And this gentleman here plays the violin and his arm will go back and forth--

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: --as the clock's striking, which is really neat. But it's a really early clock. It's a clock that was made 1770 to 1775.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: And it was made for somebody of extraordinary wealth at the time. It wasn't something that just an average person could afford.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: Also when it strikes the hour, this person here pulls this hammer and it strikes the bell here at the top. There's a rotisserie disk here that spins around. It's missing all of its figures.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: There probably were ducks or swans. It has these beautiful brass ormolu mounts all the way around it, which is a nice early feature. It has these great brass finials. It's missing one right here--

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: --but that could be restored.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: If you turn the clock around to see the back movement here, it has an engraved back plate, which is really well done. It's exceptional. Unfortunately, the clock's not signed, so we don't know who made it. But it's definitely of English origin. It plays the six tunes on this nest of 12 bells right here. And they all graduate down to the smallest bell way in the back. But there are 12 bells and 24 hammers, which is pretty neat. There is a rotisserie, which plays the hammers on the bell. This pendulum-- it's called a cow tail pendulum, and it has what we call a verge and crown escapement, which is a really early feature that you would find 1770, 1775. Just a fantastic clock. Now, the condition of it's fairly rough.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: In its present condition, in my shop, this clock, it would bring probably $18,000 to $22,000.
    With $3,000 to $5,000 of restoration, I think we're talking about a clock that would bring $30,000 to $35,000.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: So it's really a clock that's well worth restoring.

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: Thank you for bringing it.

    GUEST: Thank you, sir. That's awesome.

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