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Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments 3147M | October 5, 2018 | 10AM | Marlborough


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cover: Jaeger LeCoultre Chrome-plated Tiffany & Co. Atmos Clock, Model RA2 this page: A. Rousseau Bras En L’Air Mystery Clock opposite: Thomas Harland Figured Mahogany Tall Clock, Norwich, Connecticut, c. 1780


Our October sale includes horological icons: tall clocks from Thomas Harland, one of the most important Connecticut clockmakers, two rare monumental tall or “hall” clocks from Walter Durfee, Providence, Rhode Island, and a c. 1947 Longines stainless steel 13ZN flyback chronograph wristwatch with provenance that will intrigue. Also on offer are vintage and contemporary watches by Patek Philippe, Omega, IWC, Cartier, and Lemania. We also have an array of medical tools and teaching models, globes, marine instruments, and lenses to capture light on film or to investigate the microscopic world. A fine collection of fountain pens and a private collection of international aviation models round out the day. Not to be missed, the auction begins with five antique automobiles, including a 1963 Ford Thunderbird and a 1958 Cadillac Sedan DeVille.

3147M | Friday, October 5 | 10AM 274 Cedar Hill Street | Marlborough, MA

Preview: Thursday, October 3, 12–5PM Friday, October 4, 12–7PM

Jonathan Dowling clocks@skinnerinc.com 508.970.3131

MA LIC. 2304


Clocks Featuring works by Thomas Harland, two monumental tall clocks by Walter Durfee—a pattern 8 and pattern 21, both in mahogany cases—as well as a “Bras en l’Air” mystery clock by Rousseau, a collection of early Navy Chelsea deck clocks, the rare LeCoultre Brevets J. Reutter Atmos clock retailed by Tiffany featured on the cover, and other fine American and European clocks.

Elisha C. Durfee Mahogany Lyre Clock, Providence, Rhode Island Paint-decorated and Stenciled Mark Leavenworth Pillar & Scroll Clock, Waterbury, Connecticut, c. 1825 Aaron Willard Federal Painted and Stencil-decorated “Bride’s” Shelf Clock, Boston, c. 1815


left: Walter H. Durfee & Co. Pattern 21 Carved Mahogany Nine Tubularbell Hall Clock, retailed by Shreve, Crump & Low Co. Walter H. Durfee & Co. Pattern 8 Carved Mahogany Nine Tubularbell Hall Clock, retailed by Tiffany & Co., c. 1890-95


Watches Rolex 18kt White Gold Cosmograph Daytona 116519 Automatic Wristwatch

Longines Stainless Steel Flyback Chronograph Wristwatch, caliber 13ZN, c. 1947

IWC Titanium Aquatimer Split Minute Chronograph Automatic Wristwatch

Lemania Stainless Steel Triple Register Chronograph Wristwatch

Waltham No. 13 Wall Regulator, Bartlett, New Hampshire, c. 1910


Time is accessible by pushing a button on a mobile phone, so why the boom in collecting vintage wristwatches? Disruption of the watchmaking industry during the quartz crises of 1980 didn’t dampen interest and wristwatches have never gone out of style. Recently we have seen record-breaking sales and unprecedented interest from a generation of younger buyers looking to reflect their personality and send a strong style message. See more at www.skinnerinc.com.

Patek Philippe 18kt Gold Automatic 3541 Wristwatch for Tiffany & Co.

Patek Philippe 18kt White Gold Ellipse 3546 Wristwatch

Patek Philippe 18kt Gold Calatrava “Travel Time” Wristwatch

Patek Philippe Square Dial Manual-wind Wristwatch

Patek Philippe 18kt Gold Wristwatch

Omega 18kt Gold Constellation Quartz Wristwatch

Rolex 14kt Gold 3116 Oyster Manual-wind Wristwatch

Cartier “Ballon Bleu” Stainless Steel Wristwatch

Crysler Two-register Chronograph Wristwatch


this page: Kesselring High Frequency or Gas Tube Selection of 18th and 19th Century Terrestrial and Celestial Globes and Models by Newton, Schedler, Fitz, and Joslin Casella Robinson’s Improved Anemometer opposite, top: Selection from a large group of early cameras, lenses and accessories opposite, bottom: Clearfield DeLuxe TRF-6-RC Radio


Scientific Instruments

From distinguished German manufacturer Leica, we will be offering an M3 Double Stroke along with many camera bodies, lenses, and accessories. In mechanical music we have two important disc format musical boxes, and for pure entertainment, two slot machines—one purchased directly from Harrah’s Casino in Las Vegas.

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The William J. Young & Sons “Burt’s Solar Compass” that will be offered (shown above, left center) was not simply an attachment, but a stand-alone instrument designed to use the sun’s direction for surveying. From 1840, when the first solar compass was made by Young, until about 1880, it was the instrument of choice for public land surveys. From 1880 to about 1940, it was gradually replaced by transits with solar attachments. However, there were still a few old-time surveyors utilizing instruments in 1960 that differed in only minor details from that made by Young 120 years earlier. “Burt’s” solar compasses were used to survey most of the western U.S., and each one has its own history to tell.


opposite: Selections from twenty-seven lots of Pennsylvania surveying history on offer this page: A selection of fine navigational instruments, including perpetual pocket calendars, miniature spyglasses, sundials, and a shagreen-cased drafting set (all pictured), as well as laboratory instruments, weather-related, medical, and marine instruments. left: Charles Chevalier Universal Achromatic Microscope

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Polyphon 15-inch Style No. 51 Disc Upright Musical Box, Germany, c. 1905, ht. 72 in.

Regina 27-inch Orchestral Disc Musical Box Style No. 4, Germany, c. 1896, ht. 82 1/2 in.


Fountain Pens In this digital era, you might think of handwritten thank-you notes or personal letters as antiquated. Analog is not dead. There are millions worldwide who collect and appreciate the fine craftsmanship of fountain pens and the balanced feel and fluidity of a pen and ink writing experience—we have on offer over seventy-five lots of both vintage and contemporary examples by leading makers.

Fine writing instruments, including Waterman, Montblanc, Sheaffer, Dupont, Caran D’ache, Parker, and Wahl


Aviation Models from the Sharf Collection Frederic Sharf (1934-2017) was a collector, businessman, historian, author, and philanthropist. A Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Honorary Trustee, and Millennial Benefactor, with his wife Jean, Sharf was instrumental in shaping the MFA’s collections of design drawings and jewelry, donating thousands of objects and helping make the museum an international leader in these fields. In 2014, the MFA exhibited Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Selections from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection. For further information please see www.mfa.org/exhibitions/planes-trains-and-automobiles


Antique Automobiles contact: Jane Prentiss cars@skinnerinc.com 508.970.3153

MA LIC. 2304

1958 Cadillac Sedan DeVille 1963 Ford Thunderbird Convertible back cover: Jennings 10-cent “Chief� Slot Machine

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