The Connoisseur

Selection of advertisement pages with horological content extracted from "The Connoisseur" magazine

Catalogue no: 1270
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Unknown
Total pages: 154 Illustrations: Multiple Language(s): English Publication date: c.1910-40
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 230mm Condition: Generally good
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Collection of horological sale details from dealers advertising in The Connoisseur. Mostly details and photographs of English longcase and bracket clocks, many by well known makers. A few other types such as tavern clocks. One advertisement illustrates 3 early 17th century watches "For Sale by Private Treaty". Pencil note by Ilbert reads, "P.Webster. Elkington Collection".
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The Hour Glass

Catalogue no: 1269
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): W.C.Harford
Total pages: 5 Illustrations: 14 Language(s): English Publication date: unknown
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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An article briefly covering the history of hour glasses beginning with their origin in the Clepsydra of the East. For the benefit of collectors, the author places hour glasses into catagories (Marine, Scientific and Culinary) with an historical overview in reverse time scale, beginning in the 20th century. Illustrations as follows: 1. Marine 14 second log glass, c.1880 2. Scientific 15 minute glass, late 19th century 3. Victorian 3 minute egg boiler 4. Marine 28 seconds log glass, "Ocean Chief", c.1865 5. Hour glass, oak frame, early 18th century 6. 3-minute glass, late 18th century
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Cheksea Porcelain Clocks

Catalogue no: 1268
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Dr Bellamy Gardner
Total pages: 3 Illustrations: 6 Language(s): English Publication date: after 1924
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good, some tears around edges
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The author describes the origin and progress of his interest in these porcelain clocks. He gives relatively little historical information but quotes the opinions of others including Mr Percy Webster and Mr G.H.Baillie. Illustrations include the following: 1. Group of Chelsea white cupids for top of clock 2. Clock (by Rimbault, London) with a group of cupids 3. Clock (by Rimbault, London) with central group with a cupid at each corner 4. Clock of similar design to 2 surmounted with a vase 5. Musical clock by Rimbault surmounted by figures of Time Discovering Truth
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A Long-case Clock by Joseph Knibb

Catalogue no: 1267
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Herbert Cescinsky
Total pages: 3 Illustrations: 2 Language(s): English Publication date: Unknown
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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An article concerning the month duration, roman striking longcase clock belonging to Sir Arthur Leatham. The signature of Joseph Knibb had been covered over with a plate bearing the name of Edmund Massey. The author describes the various alterations carried out to the clock ("many acts of vandalism") and also describes the sequence of bells for roman striking. Two photographs As follows: 1. Dial of the clock showing the superimposed name plate beneath 2. Full length photo of the clock
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Stained Glass Sundials

Catalogue no: 1266
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): John A. Knowles F.S.A.
Total pages: 4 Illustrations: 10 Language(s): English Publication date: Unknown
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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A history of a rather esoteric subject together with a brief biography of the stained glass painter, Henry Gyles (1645-1709) of York. Some comments on the reason for painting flies and other insects onto painted glass. Illustrations as follows: 1. Advertisement of Henry Gyles. Mezzotint by Francis Place 2. Sundial dated 1664, Widdington Church, Essex. From a drawing by F. Sydney Eden in the V & A. 3. Sundial with Fly, by John Oliver (1616-1701) 4. Sundial with Fly. A.L.Radford Collection
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Old Watches

Catalogue no: 1264
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): H. Marryat, M.I.E.E., M.I.Mech.E.
Total pages: 6 Illustrations: 19 Language(s): English Publication date: Nov., 1939
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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The author concentrates entirely on 17th century English and Continental watches with one exception of 1597. There is relatively little technical content, the article being focused on decorative details. There are a few annotations in pencil by Ilbert. Illustrated with the following photographs: 1. Dial of a South German watch, mid 17th century, with alarm 2. Underside of copper gilt case of same watch 3. Mid 17th century Augsburg made watch with alarm 4. Side view of iron movement of same watch 5. Back of copper-gilt watch case signed Jaques Bulke
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Pages from The Connoisseur Magazine

Catalogue no: 1265
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Various
Total pages: 22 Illustrations: 29 Language(s): English Publication date: 1920-40
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good, but staples rusty
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A selection of pages with horological content, extracted from different issues of The Connoisseur magazine, the majority stapled together but some loose. Among the horological artefacts described and/or illustrated are the following: 1. Long-case clock by W. Gardner, Sandwich 2. Clock in ceramic case bearing the Arms of Poland 3. Fake 17th century water clock (Pearson Page?) 4. Unusual musical clock, mounted on pillar, by Allen Walker, London 5. Marquetry longcase clock (Italian?), described as "Regulator", 17th century
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A Historic Tompion Clock

Catalogue no: 1263
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): R.W.Symonds
Total pages: 5 Illustrations: 7 Language(s): English Publication date: May, 1939
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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A detailed history of the famous Tompion table clock given by King Charles 2nd to the Countess of Castlemaine and thence to her son, the Duke of Grafton. The author describes (rather caustically) the replacement of the movement by Vulliamy in the 19th century and the gift of the original movement (grande sonnerie) to the Institute of Civil Engineers by Vulliamy. The article includes photographs as follows: 1. Portrait of the Countess of Castlemaine 2. Front view of clock and dial, gilt case with silver mounts 3. Detail of back and side of clock case 4. Front view of movement
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Early Nautical Instruments

Catalogue no: 1262
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Cecil King
Total pages: 6 Illustrations: 12 Language(s): English Publication date: Aug., 1938
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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An article on some of the scientific collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. As the author explains, "We are here concerned more particularly with the navigational instruments; these combine, in many cases, a scientific purpose with a just claim to be regarded as gems of the goldsmith's or metalworker's art." The text details the history and development of different marine instruments including the astrolabe, compass, sundial, sandglass, globes and (briefly) Harrison's chronometers and R.T.Goulds' restorations. Photographs included as follows:
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Early European Automatons - 2 parts

Catalogue no: 1261
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Wolfgang Born
Total pages: 14 Illustrations: 24 Language(s): English Publication date: Sep/Nov, 1937
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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A lengthy article over two issues of the magazine and concentrating mainly on south German automata of the 16th/17th century but embracing others as well. Includes a history of the origin and development of automata and is well illustrated throughout. Photographs Part 1 as follows: 1. Table automaton. Neptune on a turtle. Late 17th century 2. Moving tabel clock; St George and Dragon. Augsburg, c.1600 3. Clock with moving figures of oriental potentate on horse with attendants. Augsburg?. Early 17th century 4. Table clock with moving figures. South German, c. 1600
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