This is a vintage Chinese oriental cloisonné Carriage Clock with beveled glass front, and gorgeous hand painted porcelain Victorian style lady portraits on two sides. The face and dial are also crafted with handpainted porcelain, with a dark blue design with flowers framing the white dial with black Roman numerals. This is a beautiful oriental enamel and highly decorated brass Carriage Clock, in vibrant turquoise colors, along with blue, red, yellow, and gold colors, and even touches of pink and green in the design on the columns, feet, and on the top finial.
The Carriage Clock is a mechanical wind-up type, with a second hand. It does not strike and does not have an alarm. There are some symbols and letters marked inside on the works of the clock, and I do not know what they say.
This breathtaking Carriage Clock comes with the original box that has a padded soft white cloth interior. The box is cloth covered on the sides and top, and has two little ivory-colored fasteners that might be bone or maybe plastic? The box has a paper label on the side, and is stamped on the back “Rutlader Import Co.” and “Louisburg, Kansas”, along with address and phone number. The previous owner of this carriage clock told me that he purchased it from an estate, and that he was told that it was originally brought back from China in the 1970’s. It is my guess that this clock probably does date to around the 1970’s?
The clock measures about 8 ½ inches in height, and is about 5 inches by 4 inches. The clock weighs over 5 lbs, including the original box, before packing. It is in excellent ticking and running condition, however vintage clocks are often sensitive to being moved and shipped, and the clock may need to be cleaned and/or professionally adjusted after shipping. We are not responsible for cleaning or adjusting this clock. The clock is working perfectly now, however, we do not include any running guarantee beyond our normal pre-approved item return policy in the event of an error in our description, which is discussed below.
There are some circle discoloration marks in the brass patina on the top (maybe done in manufacturing?), and minor scratches in the brass on the top of the clock which did not come out with a gentle damp cloth wipe-off (see photographs). I did not attempt to polish or clean this any other way, and I do not know if these marks will be removable? I do not see any damage, cracks, chips, or repairs on the clock. The cloisonné has some tiny pinpoint size pits that I believe are normal from the manufacturing process? One of the small back feet has an almost invisible bend on its bottom edge, with a very tiny bit of enamel loss (you will have to look hard to find it).
This exceptional vintage clock is so unusual and attractive, and it would make a fantastic addition to your collection and to your home décor, or a great gift for someone special!
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