Rare cased silver egg timing machine by R& S Garrard & Co.
Rare cased silver egg timing machine by R& S Garrard & Co.
Rare cased silver egg timing machine by R& S Garrard & Co.
Rare cased silver egg timing machine by R& S Garrard & Co.
Rare cased silver egg timing machine by R& S Garrard & Co.
Rare cased silver egg timing machine by R& S Garrard & Co.
Rare cased silver egg timing machine by R& S Garrard & Co.
Rare cased silver egg timing machine by R& S Garrard & Co.
Rare cased silver egg timing machine by R& S Garrard & Co.
Rare cased silver egg timing machine by R& S Garrard & Co.

R & S GARRARD, LONDON (worked from c.1800)

Rare cased silver egg timing machine by R& S Garrard & Co.

1889 London

Offered by Vine Antiques Ltd

£4,350 gbp
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An extremely fine and rare cased silver egg timing machine made by R& S Garrard & Co. and fully hallmarked for London 1889.
The bell at the base of the machine is silver plated metal (to provide the 'ting' noise. Silver of this size would not produce a satisfactory ring).
The timer is started by first selecting the desired time, using the hinged pointer on the fan-shaped engraved scale. The range is from 2 minutes to 4 minutes, with additional marks at the half minute intervals. The circular 'hammer' is then raised until the glass egg timer is inverted. At this point, sand starts to run from the upper glass bulb to the lower. When the centre of gravity moves past the fulcrum, the whole assembly tips over and the hammer strikes the bell, letting you know the eggs are cooked. The remaining sand must then be allowed to run from the (now) upper chamber of the timer into the lower one before another timing sequence can be undertaken.

Although one of the most over-engineered and complicated designs we have ever seen, it actually works very well. One is reminded of the designs by Heath Robinson.

In recent testing, we obtained the following times from each of the win settings.
4 minutes setting : 3.45
3 minutes " : 3.01
2 minutes " : 2.08
Superb, original condition contained within its original fitted case. The original glass egg timer at the heart of the machine is also totally original.
Dimensions
Height 14.80 cm (5.83 inches)
Width 6.00 cm (2.36 inches)
Depth 6.60 cm (2.60 inches)
External Height 16.10 cm (6.34 inches)
External Width 9.70 cm (3.82 inches)
External Depth 10.40 cm (4.09 inches)
Weight 6.21oz t (193.13g)
Stock Code
12225S
Medium
Silver, glass
Signed/Inscribed
1889
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