This is a most fascinating horological piece. It is of American origin, made by the Waltham Watch Co. It has been created as a portable carriage clock and is in a fitted leather case with handle and lined with green velvet. The actual watch clock fits precisely into the case. The particular interest for this piece is that it appears to be a clock but actually has a watch movement attached to a very large semi-translucent dial with clear Roman numerals and original hands. At the back is the watch movement. The whole piece, as well as two feet at the front, has a swing out stand at the back so it would sit safely and this has a cylindrical section at the end into which can be placed a tray (included) for the squat long-life candles of the day. It appears that it could be attached to a specific gas outlet to provide the light from the back. With a light behind the dial, the clear black numerals and hands are perfectly visible. The appearance of this set-up can be seen in one of the images. This clock watch is in working order and recently has been checked for time-keeping and was reasonably accurate. The condition overall is good for age although there are fine cracks passing between 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock on the dial but these appear stable, and the case is a little scuffed in spots, and one end of the handle may need re-attachment. It is understood that these are quite uncommon items and may have been used in hospitals or other situations where it was important to know the time in the dark. This would be an extraordinary piece to add to a collection of unusual clocks and watches. Box measures 5.75 ins (14.5cm) x 6 ins (15.2cm) x 2 ins (5cm). Weight 534 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 276.
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Rare American Waltham Travel/Night Clock Watch in Original Case, c1885
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