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Soldano, Paris - A Rare Miniature Striking Carriage Clock

A   miniature   striking    gorge   cased   carriage   clock,   with   the   platform   lever   escapement   stamped   on   the   underside   with   the maker's   name   'Soldano'   and   escapement   number   '4051'   and   scratched   with   a   repeat   of   the   movement   serial   number.   The eight-day   duration   movement   strikes   the   hours   &   half   hours   on   a   gong,   with   a   repeat   button   to   the   top.   The   white   enamel dial   has   blue   Arabic   hour   numerals,   gilt   half   hour   dots,   blued   steel   spade   hands   and   a   beautifully   engine   turned   gilt   mask. The   backplate   of   the   movement   is   stamped   with   the   serial   number   '4812'   along   with   the   retailer's   name   'Hunt   &   Roskell, London'. It is most unusual to get a carriage clock of this small size with full strike and repeat. Height: 4 inches (10 cms): handle down: 4.75 inches (12 cms): handle up Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

Joseph Soldano & Hunt and Roskell

Joseph Soldano was known as a maker of fine carriage clocks having been awarded medals at the Paris Exhibitions of 1855 & 1878 where it was noted that '...the exhibition of this establishment showed substantial progress in the art of case decoration. On show were a group of carriage clocks ornamented with great taste and originality. The escapements appeared to us to have been treated with particular care." They are particularly well known for the high quality of their escapements which where in all probability made in Geneva, Switzerland and were often stamped, as this one is, 'Soldano' or just 'J.S.'. The well known firm of Dent's were regular customers of Soldano's during the 1860's. Hunt & Roskell were one of the top retailers of fine clocks in Victorian London, selling amongst other things pieces made by the well known Thomas Cole that were signed for them as well as carriage clocks made by the finest French makers including Henri Jacot. The business developed from the original company set up by the silversmith Paul Storr in 1822 who went into partnership with Mortimer and John Samuel Hunt, under the name Storr and Mortimer retailers of Jewellery, Silver, Clocks and Watches. The business was dissolved on the 31 st  of December, 1838 when it was succeeded by Mortimer & Hunt along with John Hunt at 156, New Bond Street, London with workshops at 26, Harrison Street, Grays Inn Lane. On the 26 th  of December, 1843 John Mortimer retired at which time Charles Hancock had become a partner and well known clockmaker Robert Roskell junior joined the firm which became Hunt & Roskell, 'Silversmiths and Jewellers to the Queen', with the same Bond Street address. In 1849 Hancock left to set up the well known jewellers 'C.F. Hancock' becoming competition to Hunt & Roskell. The firm exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 held in the Crystal Palace, Hyde Park where they showed many clocks and watches including examples made by Cole. J.S. Hunt died in 1865 followed by John Hunt in 1879 and the business continued with Robert Roskell, Allan Roskell and John Mortimer Hunt until the death of Robert Roskell in 1888 at which time the two remaining partners sold out to the well known clockmaking company J.W. Benson. By 1898 the business had become Hunt & Roskell Ltd.

Price: £3,200.00

Ref: 1418

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Soldano, Paris - A Rare Miniature Striking Gorge Carriage Clock

A    miniature    striking     gorge    cased    carriage    clock,    with    the    platform    lever    escapement stamped   on   the   underside   with   the   maker's   name   'Soldano'   and   escapement   number   '4051' and    scratched    with    a    repeat    of    the    movement    serial    number.    The    eight-day    duration movement   strikes   the   hours   &   half   hours   on   a   gong,   with   a   repeat   button   to   the   top.   The white   enamel   dial   has   blue   Arabic   hour   numerals,   gilt   half   hour   dots,   blued   steel   spade hands   and   a   beautifully   engine   turned   gilt   mask.   The   backplate   of   the   movement   is   stamped with the serial number '4812' along with the retailer's name 'Hunt & Roskell, London'. It is most unusual to get a carriage clock of this small size with full strike and repeat. Height: 4 inches (10 cms): handle down: 4.75 inches (12 cms): handle up Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

Joseph Soldano

Joseph   Soldano   was   known   as   a   maker   of   fine   carriage   clocks   having   been   awarded   medals at   the   Paris   Exhibitions   of   1855   &   1878   where   it   was   noted   that   ' ...the   exhibition   of   this establishment   showed   substantial   progress   in   the   art   of   case   decoration.   On   show   were   a   group of   carriage   clocks   ornamented   with   great   taste   and   originality.   The   escapements   appeared   to   us to   have   been   treated   with   particular   care."    They   are   particularly   well   known   for   the   high quality   of   their   escapements   which   where   in   all   probability   made   in   Geneva,   Switzerland   and were   often   stamped,   as   this   one   is,   'Soldano'   or   just   'J.S.'.   The   well   known   firm   of   Dent's   were regular customers of Soldano's during the 1860's. Hunt   &   Roskell   were   one   of   the   top   retailers   of   fine   clocks   in   Victorian   London,   selling amongst   other   things   pieces   made   by   the   well   known   Thomas   Cole   that   were   signed   for them as well as carriage clocks made by the finest French makers including Henri Jacot. The   business   developed   from   the   original   company   set   up   by   the   silversmith   Paul   Storr   in 1822   who   went   into   partnership   with   Mortimer   and   John   Samuel   Hunt,   under   the   name Storr   and   Mortimer   retailers   of   Jewellery,   Silver,   Clocks   and   Watches.   The   business   was dissolved   on   the   31 st    of   December   ,   1838   when   it   was   succeeded   by   Mortimer   &   Hunt   along with   John   Hunt   at   156,   New   Bond   Street,   London   with   a   workshop   at   26,   Harrison   Street, Grays   Inn   Lane.   On   the   26 th    of   December,   1843   John   Mortimer   retired   at   which   time   Charles Hancock   had   become   a   partner   and   well   known   clockmaker   Robert   Roskell   junior   joined   the firm   which   became   Hunt   &   Roskell,   'Silversmiths   and   Jewellers   to   the   Queen',   with   the   same Bond   Street   address.   In   1849   Hancock   left   to   set   up   the   well   known   jewellers   'C.F.   Hancock' becoming competition to Hunt & Roskell. The   firm   exhibited   at   the   Great   Exhibition   of   1851   held   in   the   Crystal   Palace,   Hyde   Park where they showed many clocks and watches including examples made by Cole. J.S.   Hunt   died   in   1865   followed   by   John   Hunt   in   1879   and   the   business   continued   with Robert   Roskell,   Allan   Roskell   and   John   Mortimer   Hunt   until   the   death   of   Robert   Roskell   in 1888   at   which   time   the   two   remaining   partners   sold   out   to   the   well   known   clockmaking company J.W. Benson. By 1898 the business had become Hunt & Roskell Ltd.

Price: £3,200.00

Ref: 1418

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