For sale we have a petite and exceptionally attractive Art Deco desk or mantel clock by A L Davenport LTD. It measures 12.5cm in length, by 8.25cm high. It is Sterling silver, with British hallmarking for Birmingham assay office dating to 1929/1930. The makers mark is for A L Davenport LTD, a silversmith established by James Davenport in 1927. It has exceptional pink Guilloche enamel to the front, which oozes class and encapsulates the Art Deco period.
Guilloche enamel is achieved by working metal on an engine turned lathe to form a pattern, before enamelling over the pattern. The result is something that is extremely beautiful and very collectable.
The silver base and framing of the top section is expertly executed and pairs nicely with the enamel work. The bezel has more Art Deco design with a Greek pattern surrounding the dial.
The dial has an aged silver tone dial. It has gold tone raised Arabic numerals, with raised dot minute markers. It is signed 8 days and Swiss Made. It is a very neat and well-balanced dial.
The handset is complex and beautifully designed, another eye-catching element of the clocks coherent design.
The movement is an 8-day calibre with 6 jewels and is marked as having been adjusted to two positions. It has been serviced recently. It keeps time to within 5 minutes over 8 days. It is dependable and benefits from the 8 day movement but isn’t the most spectacular movement.
Full condition report below. Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.
Front of the clock:
The front is decorated with Guilloche enamel which is a stunning pink tone. It is in great condition, with no cracks, chips or damage.
Silver sections of case:
The base of the clock is silver and is in good condition with minimal tarnishing and a couple of dimpled dents to the front. The upper section is in good condition with clear British hallmarking.
Bottom of the clock:
The bottom of the clock is wooden and is in excellent original condition with no damage.
Rear of the clock:
The rear is black and has a small chip to the bottom right corner.
The dial surround has a Greek pattern which is neatly engraved. There is one nick below 5 O’clock.
The dial has an aged silver tone dial. It has gold tone raised Arabic numerals, with raised dot minute markers. It is signed 8 days and Swiss Made. It has some marks to the finish by 9 O’clock.
The hands are original, in gold tone, of an excellent and complex style.
The glass is original and is in excellent condition with no marking.
The movement is an 8 day calibre with 6 jewels and is marked as having been adjusted to two positions. It isn’t the most spectacular movement, but it has been serviced recently. It keeps time to within 5 minutes over 8 days.
The movement cover to the rear is brass. The central knob turns the hands, but does pull off so must be looked after. The lower loop winds the movement. There is a slide window for regulation. There are nicks to the coin edge finish on the lower left section.
Length of base: 12.5cm
depth of base: 4.5cm
Length of top: 9.2cm
Depth of top: 1.3cm
Total Height: 8.25cm
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