A late 19th century French silver-plated and lacquered brass industrial novelty clock by Guilmet.
The design of the clock is modeled on a steam hammer with the piston cylinder at the top. The complex pendulum has a vertical rise-and-fall movement as opposed to side-to-side.
Between the legs of the case frame is a silvered anvil above which the hammer rises and falls. The platform to the left is for the operator who would have released the hammer.
The case has matt finish silver-plated panels, bordered with angled lacquered brass edging.
The case is raised on a black slate base with brass feet.
The 3 inch square silvered dial with applied Roman numerals and pierced moon hands,
The 8-day movement strikes on a bell, and is stamped ‘MEDAILLE D’OR/GLT/BTF SGDG/PARIS/919’ for Guilmet and ‘JAPY FRERES’