1850s Month-going Sonnerie Vienna Regulator


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Object Description

A majestic mid-C19th walnut Vienna regulator with month-going sonnerie movement.
The rectangular case with a moulded stepped pediment has well-figured burr walnut veneers, quarter paneled veneers to the back, and is set with a highly-figured amboyna panel above the dial.

The original painted 10-inch dial, with Roman numerals and subsidiary seconds below XII, is signed John Bennett, 65 & 64 Cheapside London.

The very high quality three train weight driven movement has an anchor escapement striking on three bells, two on the quarters and the third on the hour. The elegantly-designed steel strike-work is finely cut, the fine dead beat pallets encompassing 11 teeth, and using wheels with five spoke crossings.

Substantial wood rod pendulum with a 10-inch brass boss and three brass weights suspended from pulleys with five crossings.

Object History

The movement front-plate is signed A. LORENZY, WIEN. August Lorenzy is listed as working as a regulator-maker in Josefstädterstraze 9, Vienna from 1836-1861.

Sir John Bennett (1814-1897) was an eminent clockmaker and watchmaker. He was sheriff of London and Middlesex in 1872 and was knighted to become Sir John Bennett. He also followed a career as a politician in London. He was born on 15th October 1814 at Greenwich as a son of the watchmaker John Bennett. Bennett is recorded as working at 65 Cheapside in London from 1847 onwards until at least 1883.

Object Condition

Overhauled and guaranteed for 3 years

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1935 713333

Dealer Location

Bank Farm,
Lower Odcombe,
BA22 8TY

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