A very rare English gilt bronze ‘mysterious circulator’ by Frodsham London, circa 1900
The chapter ring
The 25.5-cm engraved silvered chapter ring has Roman numerals and is signed Charles Frodsham Clockmaker to the King 115 New Bondstreet London No. 2187. The finely cast and chiseled foliate hand has a fleur-des-lys tip and sunflower centre.
The chapter ring is held up by two finely cast and chiseled ormolu serpents with entwined tails. These tails hold up the hand. Placed on a rectangular white marble base with ormolu leaf border raised on bun feet.
The movement is housed in the back of the hand and has a duration of thirty hours. It is regulated by a lever escapement and is similarly signed. It turns a counter weight which causes the large hand to turn without any apparent connection.
(Height) 32.5 cm (Width) 25.5 cm (Depth) 7.7 cm
(Height) 12.8 in (Width) 10 in (Depth) 3 in
Charles Frodsham London