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Journeymans Transit Regulator Clock Small Size = Rare And Important Item


£6,500 | $8,655 USD | €7,365 EUR
Item Number: SA571547
Date of manufacture: 1800
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Steam Mill Clocks
This antique has been viewed 27 times in the past month with the most views from France.


This is a a very rare and Horologically important mid 18th century mahogany minute-striking 'Journeyman' regulator/ transit instrument of small size.
The arched hood with canted front corners over an elaborately moulded throat to a shaped trunk on a tall base, the 4.75 inch one-piece silvered arched dial acting as the frontplate of the movement and engraved with a running seconds dial above the minutes-elapsed dial, both with good blued steel hands, the weight driven movement of 8 hour duration with arched plates united by six turned pillars pinned to the backplate, the three-wheel train with brass pinions and terminating in a deadbeat escapement, the escape wheel mounted to one side with a shaped block of brass to counterpoise the seconds hand and to the other side with a pin to activate the passing strike on the bell above every 60 seconds, the bell mounted on a shaped brass stand mounted to the rear of the backplate, the latter shaped to accommodate the profile of the bell .
It is 5 ft 8 inches tall , 15 1/2 inches tall at the base and 7 inches deep.
A fascinating article article about these clocks can be found at ;
This regulator was discovered in Oxfordshire and bears such similarities to Shelton's famous instrument made for the Radcliffe Observatory that it is almost certain that the original owner had seen Shelton's regulator in situ and commissioned this clock.
It has been suggested that less than 5 examples of these clocks are thought to exist
Precision timing was a crucial part of top flight astronomy and regulators such as this were perfected specifically to help in taking readings at night. The high quality weight driven movement was extremely accurate, particularly over short duration, and the single blow at the passing of each minute was a useful, audible, signal for the astronomer - it meant that he did not have to avert his gaze from the heavens.
A similar regulator by John Holmes in a painted pine case was sold in auction on 29th June 2017, lot 72 for 7000. Another by John Ellicott is illustrated in Roberts, D. (2003) English Precision Pendulum Clocks. Atglen: Schiffer Publishing, Figs 12-10 A,B.
The movenent is inperfect working order and it is ready to go straight into the home and the overall condition will not disappoint the most discerning client .
I would encourage interested parties to view the clock and my limited photographic skill do it no favours at all ..
My direct contact details are at the bottom of most of my listings should any interested party wish to get in touch.
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If the asking price is paid in full I will deliver ,set up and provide a 12 months guarantee free of charge in the UK.
Should a lesser offer be accepted it will be considered a trade sale with the item sold as described with shipping the responsibility of the buyer
I will ship this clock worldwide .
Guesstimate shipping rates areas follows;
Europe 350
USA 550
Asia and Australia 750


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1800.


Height = 173 cm (68.1")
Width = 39 cm (15.4")
Depth = 18 cm (7.1")

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Steam Mill Clocks
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