This is a unique table/desktop barometer - clock - thermometer. The clock is key wound and the key will come with the unit. Everything works and appears to be accurate. Dimensions are: 9.5"L X 2.75W X 1.5"H in back and 1H in front. Each dial is 2.25 in diameter.
It surprisingly heavy when you pick it up, at a little less than 3 pounds. Over the years I have had this beautiful piece it has been one of my favorites. I have looked for one like it - with no success. There is absolutely no indication of maker or country anywhere on the outside of the piece.The printing on the dials is in english, the thermometer has both fahrenheit and centigrade calibrations on the dial. The base is held on by four screws, upon removal there is still no indication of who produced the complete piece. However, the center clock is marked as being a 13 jewel unit marked CH. Hour with the word France below it. It was very difficult to photograph the markings on the clock - the photos show the CH. Hour" fairly well but the "France" and "13 Jewels is more difficult to see. Hour is referring to Charles Victor Hour, one of the co-founders of Hour Lavigne. He was born in France in 1848 to 19??
He began as an apprentice at the age of 11 and by the turn of the century, Hour Lavigne was one of the largest clock makers in France with almost a thousand employees. I assume that his organization created not only the clock but the full piece with the barometer and thermometer. The inside of the bottom cover has 4 clear hash marks indicating that a clockmaker has been inside at least 4 times.
The clean lines of the piece with no markings gives it an ArtDeco look which Hour Lavigne became famous for after WWI. This piece dates to the 1920's.In researching the piece I have found several references to'Tri-Instrument' sets that were made by his firm - and while I have not found a photo of one like it, this is obviously one of those pieces. This is one of, if not the most, prized piece in my collection of timepieces and one that I looked at on my office desk daily for years. Now that I have retired, I have decided that it is time for it to move on to someone else to take care of and enjoy. It has not been polished in years, I have enjoyed watching the deep brass patina develope.
The opportunity to own a Ch. Hour timepiece is a rare opportunity. He evidently did not mark many of his clocks with his name. The item "Beautiful Brass Desktop/table Thermometer-Clock-and Barometer, Ch. Hour, France" is in sale since Friday, June 9, 2017.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Clocks\Antique (Pre-1930)\Shelf, Mantel". The seller is "things-past" and is located in Johnson City, Tennessee.
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