A ‘Mortar’ timepiece by Thomas ColeA ‘Mortar’ timepiece by Thomas Cole

A ‘Mortar’ timepiece by Thomas Cole


Circa 1840




Height at lowest elevation: 7¼in (18.5cm)
Width: 8¼in (21cm)
Depth: 12in (30.5cm)

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A novelty desk clock in the form of a gilt brass mortar which can be raised and lowered in its coromandel carriage, all on a stepped and shaped base. The barrel engraved with a military trophy including standards, a wheel, cannon and helmet centred on a drum. The clock as a cannonball fitted into in the muzzle with a 2 ¾-in silvered dial, painted Roman chapter ring and 8-day spring barrel movement. Inscribed Thomas Cole, London, no. 1658 , and retailed by London & Ryder. English, circa 1840.

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