The mortar clock is one of the smaller models in Guilmet’s Industrial Series.
The gilt bronze and silver-plated mortar rests in a cradle with a rotating axle. Hence it can be tilted using the handle on top. The mortar is mounted on a fine red marble base with gilt bronze edging.
The original 2-inch white enamel has minor hairline cracks at the edges, but they do not detract from the overall excellent appearance.
The 8 day timepiece movement has a platform escapement. Both movement and bezel numbered are 383. The clock is not signed but attributed to the French clockmaker André Romain Guilmet who produced a wide series of industrial clocks from the mid 1870s until circa 1910. Many of these were unsigned.
This clock can be found in the book, Mystery, Novelty & Fantasy Clocks, by Derek Roberts.
The movement is to be overhauled and guaranteed for 3 years.
We currently also have an automaton windmill clock from Guilmet’s Industrial series of clock, and coming soon is a lighthouse with rotating light.