French Inlaid Balloon Mantle Clock or Desk Clock, retailed by J. E. Caldwell of Philadelphia, PA., the clock is not leaning and stands straight up & down. Circa 1890 -1900. Clock is 9" tall, 5 1/2" by 3 1/4" with a 3 1/2" diameter dial. This is a small or miniature Balloon Mantle clock as indicated by the size. Please read the full description for valuable information. The dial is in MINT condition as the rest of the clock. Case has strong original finish that was cleaned and waxed, it is outstanding. NO damage to the hand inlaid into a solid piece of walnut. The clock retains the original beveled glass crystal, brass bezel and 4 brass bun feet. The rear dust cover is a replacement. The original French mechanism was beyond repair, missing too many parts. It is now fitted with a brand new micro quartz movement, accurate to within a few seconds a month. It runs on a single N size battery for a year. Battery is NOT included. Perfect for a bed side clock, no significant ticking sound. This is an exceptional looking and great running antique clock. Only a few minor blemishes to the case. There is a small insignificant shrinkage crack on the top that does not penetrate the case, very common for these Desk clocks. See Photos.
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Over 80 Antique Clocks to choose from, Wall Clocks, Mantle Clocks, Desk Clocks, Porcelain Clocks and Grandfather Clocks. We are offering a significant number of Antique wall and mantle clocks that the original movements could not be saved and are now fitted with brand new quartz movements. These quality mechanisms are extremely accurate.
History Behind The Popular Antique Balloon Clocks
The First Hot Air Balloon was launched on Sept. 19th, 1783 by the French Scientist Pilatre De Rozier. Its passengers were farm animals. Two months later the first manned Hot Air Balloon was launched in Paris by the two brothers Joseph & Etienne Montgolfier. Thus the craze for Hot Air Balloons and any item resembling them, which included clocks. The King of France Louis the 14th had the first Balloon clock commissioned. Just about every country that was known for the making of quality clocks, France, Switzerland, Austria, England and the USA began producing Balloon Clocks. Not only are they ecstatically pleasing, it is a clock so very unique and different from any other clock design. To this day they are one of the most sought after by Clock Collectors, myself included. I am now offering several of my personal Balloon Clock collection most of which have not seen the light of day for 40 years.
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