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Solid Silver Miniature French 8 Day Carriage Clock Timepiece

Solid Silver Miniature French 8 Day Carriage Clock Timepiece

SKU: 3567

This early miniature French carriage clock is delightfully appointed in a lustrous embossed sterling silver Birmingham case. Thought to date back to 1876, it features an 8 day movement, With enamelled dial, housed in domed glass. Measures 5cm(w) x 12cm(h) handle raised x 5cm(d). 

The development of a silver industry in 18th century Birmingham was hampered by the legal requirement that items of solid silver be assayed, and the nearest Assay Offices were in Chester and London. Matthew Boulton and Birmingham's other great industrialists joined forces with silversmiths of Sheffield to petition Parliament for the establishment of Assay Offices in their respective cities. In spite of determined opposition by London silversmiths, an Act of Parliament was passed in March 1773, just one month after the original petition was presented to Parliament, to allow Birmingham and Sheffield the right to assay silver. The Birmingham Assay Office opened on 31 August 1773 and initially operated from three rooms in the King's Head Inn on New Street employing only four staff and was only operating on a Tuesday. The first customer on that day was Matthew Boulton. The assay office is managed by a board of 36 "Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham", between six and nine of whom must be connected with the trade.

 

£1,300.00 Regular Price
£1,170.00Sale Price