French Atmos perpetual time clock chimes on time for CA$6,490 in Miller & Miller online-only auction
Also, a Wettlaufer decorated child's wagon made in Canada circa 1890 rolled away for $5,900 and a cased set of English dueling pistols from William Chance & Son (London, circa 1830-1860), hit the mark for $4,720. Nearly 700 lots came up for bid.
By: Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
The auction, packed with 699 lots, was highlighted by the outstanding lifetime collections of Dick Withington (rare clocks) and Brian Stead (Canadian furniture and pottery). The major categories included Canadiana, clocks, art, pottery and stoneware, furniture, folk art, decoys, historical objects, lamps, lighting, rugs and textiles. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.
"Brian Stead's collection was received with great enthusiasm,"
The 9 ½ inch tall Atmos French perpetual time clock was the auction's top lot. Bidders were attracted to the clock's metal chrome plated and glass case with a reflective mirror in the bottom, the painted metal dial with Arabic numerals and perpetual oscillating torsion pendulum powered by changes in the temperature. The clock was unusual in that it had no center dial cutout.
The decorated child's wagon was one of five masterpiece wagons made for Adam Wettlaufer's grandchildren. The example sold was crafted around 1890 for Clara, who allegedly never used it because she lived with her brother Oscar until her death. Regardless, the wagon, although it was made as a toy, is a miniature scale model of the horse-driven wagons Wettlaufer was famous for.
The cased dueling pistol set made in England between 1830 and 1860 by William Chase & Son was housed in mahogany, velvet-lined case with brass inlay. The set was complete with two dueling pistols, six tools, a percussion caps tin and powder flask. Each gun was marked, "W. Chance & Son, London" to the barrel and side. Each exhibited minor professional restoration.
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