A good antique chrome ships clock and barometer dating from c.1900, mounted on a mahogany board. The bulkhead style cases have hinged doors fitted with heavy beveled glass, both with strong latches to shut (more convenient than the screw catches on some bulkhead clocks).
Both 4-inch white enamel dials are in perfect condition. The clock has Roman numerals and the name BENZIE, COWES enamelled. They have been hand-painted with a blue sailing club pennant, which can easily be removed if preferred.
The French eight-day timepiece clock movement is wound through the dial and has a regulation slot below the XII. It has a cylinder platform escapement and the backplate is signed ‘VAP BREVETE S.G.D.G.’ in an oval. This maker’s mark is believed to be that of Victor-Athanase Pierret (1806-93) who retired in 1865, selling half his shares to Borel . The mark VAP is attributed by Tardy in ‘Dictionnaire des Horologers Francais’ to Maison Pierret-Borel et Blin of Paris, circa 1900.
The aneroid barometer has a central pointer hand fitted through the glass, for day-to-day comparison.