Antique Swiss Balloon clock, 100% original and in MINT restored condition. Please read the full description for valuable information. Perfect size as a mantel, desk, shelf, Bed Side or library clock. Clock is 9" tall, 5 1/2" by 3 1/2". Circa 1890 to 1910, The solid walnut case was professionally refinished, has excellent walnut color and wood grain. The brass bezel, rear dust cover and 4 brass feet were polished and lacquered and are original to the clock. The week duration movement was completely rebuilt including the original 7 Ruby jeweled platform escapement. The platform escapements were totally hand made and assembled, if damaged or replaced with a new platform better than 50% of the Antique Value is lost. see photo of what a properly restored clock movement should look like. The dial and movement are marked Swiss Made with serial number 107421. Clock has MINT original dial and convex glass crystal. The clock runs within a few minutes a week accurately. See photos. I will be adding another Inlaid Balloon clock complete with the original movement. See last photo of other Balloon clocks listed fro sale, Sale priced from $199
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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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