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Antique Victorian to Edwardian Era Desk Clock & Barometer, Horseshoe Shape Oak Case: Austin & Co., Dublin
Wonderful antique Victorian to Edwardian era Irish marked desk or mantel clock & barometer combo, unique equestrian motif with horseshoe shaped solid oak & brass case, marked "Austin & Co. Limited, Dublin". I can't quite tell but it appears that this may have originally been a wall mounted piece. The two horseshoes are joined in the middle (original) so the clock and barometer are one piece and it has hanging rings at the top of the horizontal 'hitching post' pieces. The wooden stands on the base of each horseshoe (visible from the back) appear to be later additions so it could be used as a desk top or fireplace mantel piece. The clock is running along just fine and did so for several days after I bought it but I'm not sure of the duration, perhaps an eight day movement? Both the clock and barometer are in wonderful condition and appear to be working but we've not tested the barometer and, as noted, the clock ticks away perfectly though it might run a bit fast (but that can be adjusted on the back). A fabulous piece, very unique and perfect for the horse lover, equestrian enthusiasts or collectors.
Very good condition. A small hanging loop on the right side of the top cross bar hitching post piece is missing and, as noted, the wooden stands attached to the bottom backs appear to be later additions so it could be a free standing piece. The clock works and the barometer has no visible flaws or damage (but we haven't tested it). No damage to the clock face/enamel dial. The face reads "AUST N & Co" and I'm not sure what happened to the "I" but I believe it should read "AUSTIN...". Old steel key included. The piece measures 10" wide, 6 3/4" at tallest and the faces or dials have 3 3/4" diameters.
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