French Lantern Clock, ca. 1725
Appraised Value: $5,000 - $7,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:50)
GUEST: It belonged to my grandfather. He-- we think-- bought it in Europe right after World War I. And it was in his house, my parents' house, and now it's in my house.
APPRAISER: First of all, it's obvious that the clock only has one hand. You have to learn how to tell time by the nearest quarter hour. And as you can see, it's pointing to 2:15 now because there's graduations on the inner side of this chapter ring that will tell you the time to the nearest 15-minute interval. But then this clock also helps you tell time. It has this device, which is called a "count wheel." As the clock is running, this count wheel is going around and it helps count the hours striking on these bells up on top of the clock. You have two bells, so obviously one count wheel would be telling you the hour, but this clock has an additional count wheel hidden in behind here which helps you know when the quarter hour is at hand. So, on the quarter hour, this clock is going to sound, probably on the small bell, letting you know at quarter after the hour it's going to strike one bell, at half past the hour it's going to strike two bells, at quarter of the hour it will strike three bells, and then at the hour it will strike four bells. And then the hour bell strikes the number of the hour.
APPRAISER: It's my belief that this is a French clock. Dates to about 1725. It's very similar to German clocks of the same period, but looking at the hand-forged work, this is the product of clockmakers who are not only used to working in brass, but these are clockmaker blacksmiths. These are people who are forging out the iron components of these timekeepers. It's most likely that this name up on top of the dial, "Moya," is the maker. And although they were made in Germany and in France and in other areas such as Switzerland, it's most likely that this is an example of French clockmaking. This is a brass pendulum.
APPRAISER: It's a beautifully made pendulum bob, and the clock is powered by three weights. One weight keeps the clock ticking, the second weight takes care of the small bell, and the third weight takes care of the larger bell. The value of this today at auction is probably in the neighborhood of $5,000 to $7,000.
GUEST: Wow. Well, thank you. That's very helpful and interesting.
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