Courtenay Ilbert Archive

A Royal Table Clock by David Ramsey

Catalogue no: 1253
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Major C.T.P.Bailey
Total pages: 2 Illustrations: 2 Language(s): English Publication date: April, 1931
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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In the "Relics" section of the magazine. A brief account of the life and work of David Ramsey followed by a description of the clock that had only recently been acquired by the V & A A full description given of the curious engraving on the underside of the clock showing the Pope's nose being held to a grindstone with speculation on the reasons for this image. Pencil note by Ilbert, "Bernal Sale Lot 3971" 2 photographs as follows: 1. Engraving on underside of clock. King James 1st, with other high personages, holding the Pope's nose to the Grindstone.
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A Crucifixion Clock by Jean Vallier of Lyons

Catalogue no: 1252
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): C.A.Edings
Total pages: 2 Illustrations: 2 Language(s): English Publication date: July, 1930
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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In the "Notes" section of the magazine A brief article covering the life a career of Jean Vallier and family. The clock would appear to be of South German origin but the author argues that the movement is possibly French. At the time of writing, the clock was in the possession of Sir Gerald Ryan. 2 photographs as follows: 1. Backplate of movement 2. Full length view of clock Also, advertisement for sale of Chippendale Grandfather Clock by Fred May
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A Long-Case Clock by Christopher Pinchbeck

Catalogue no: 1248
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): R.W.Symonds
Total pages: 2 Illustrations: 3 Language(s): English Publication date: Dec., 1925
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Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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A brief description of a longcase clock with astronomical movement by Pinchbeck. In addition to the usual hours, minutes and seconds dials, the dial includes the following: 1. Lunar and tidal dial in break arch 2. The sun's place in the Eeliptick and Southing of 24 stars 3. The astrological position of the Moon 4. Month of the year 6. Day of the week Photographs included as follows: 1. Full length image of clock 2. Close-up of dial 3. Close-up of rear of dial showing astronomical trains and date work
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The Horologium Achez

Catalogue no: 1249
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Harrold E. Gillingham F.R.N.S. F.A.N.S. Etc.
Total pages: 3 Illustrations: 3 Language(s): English Publication date: April, 1926
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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In the "Clocks & Watches" section of the magazine A description of the "Horologium Achez", made by Christopher Schissler of Augsburg in 1578, in the collection of the American Pholosophical Society in Philadelphia. A type of concave brass sundial with some parts missing and some restorations engraved in the centre in Latin, translation as follows:
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A Bracket Clock by Thomas Tompion

Catalogue no: 1250
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Unknown
Total pages: 2 Illustrations: 2 Language(s): English Publication date: June, 1927
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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From the "Current Art Notes" section of the magazine. A brief biography of Tompion together with a.description with photographs of a quarter striking tabel clock by Tompion, loaned at the time for display at the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company, 112, Regent Street, London. The same clock appears in Symond's "Thomas Tompion. His life and work", and is numbered 217, described as 3-train repeating clock with grande Sonnerie striking. Ebony case with fire-gilt mounts. Fig. 141, and p.285
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The Collection of Watch-papers belonging to the Clockmakers' Company at Guildhall

Catalogue no: 1251
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): E. Beresford Chancellor M.A. F.S.A.
Total pages: 4 Illustrations: 15 Language(s): English Publication date: June, 1929
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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An article beginning with a whimsical look at collecting, collectors and collectables, then continues with a description of the WCC collection of watch papers, apparently "discovered" by the Curator and Librarian of the Corporation of London, Mr Douthwaite. 18 examples are illustrated as follows: 1. Bowen, 6 Charing Cross. With image of Old Father Time, "Urn" clock and Zodiac signs 2. Goatley, Canterbury. With figure of women and anchor (Nelson memorial?) 3. Leslie, 230 Oxford Street. With figures of Neptune and Father Time 4. Image of Princess Charlotte on satin
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The Redfern Collection of Keys

Catalogue no: 1247
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Charles R. Beard
Total pages: 5 Illustrations: 4 Language(s): English Publication date: Dec., 1924
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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In the "Miscellaneous" section of the magazine Although not directly connected with horology, the article describes and illustrates the history of, among others, the type of keys that may be found in longcase and bracket clock cases. In total, 58 keys are illustrated. NB. Article in New Cat. No. 1246 is also included.
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Some Furniture belonging to Mr John Girdwood

Catalogue no: 1246
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): W.W.Watts F.S.A.
Total pages: 6 Illustrations: 2 (horological) Language(s): English Publication date: Dec., 1924
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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From the "Furniture" section of the magazine. Among descriptions of different items of furniture are 4 marquetry cased longcase clocks. Two of the clocks, photographed side by side, are identical in every respect except that the light and dark veneers on each are counterchanged giving a curious positive/negative effect. Unsigned and described as early 18th century, the perfection of these two clocks suggests modern manufacture. The other two marquetry longcase clocks are by Henry Harper, c. 1690 and Wm. Martin, c.1710.
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Some Artistic Treasures of Mr John Girdwood of Edinburgh

Catalogue no: 1245
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): W.W.Watts F.S.A.
Total pages: 7 Illustrations: 3 (horological) Language(s): English Publication date: Aug., 1924
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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In the "Silver & Plate" section of the magazine. An article concerning different silver artefacts, "which had been brought together by its owner for the sole purpose of enjoyment of artistic beauty." Article includes a description with photographs of 3 watches as follows: 1. 17th century watch by Onesiphorus Helden. Given by Lord Stamfordham to the Red Cross Sale in 1918, the watch case is engraved with a portrait of King Charles the First. Front and back shown but not dial or movement.
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Clock-watch by Edward East

Catalogue no: 1244
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): G.C.W. (Dr. Williamson?)
Total pages: 3 Illustrations: 2 Language(s): English Publication date: Nov., 1923
Editor: C. Reginald Grundy Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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In the "Notes" section of the magazine A description of a square table clock by East, at the time of publication in the possession of Mr Green of Cornhill. Also a brief biography of Edward East and his times. Photographs included of the clock dial side, underside and the movement. Some critical annotations in pencil by Ilbert. Also adds in pencil, "Dr Williamson", after the initials G.C.W. at the end of the article
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