Rosewood cased world time clock, circa 1856
Rosewood cased world time clock, circa 1856
Rosewood cased world time clock, circa 1856
Rosewood cased world time clock, circa 1856
Rosewood cased world time clock, circa 1856
Rosewood cased world time clock, circa 1856

Rosewood cased world time clock, circa 1856

1856 England

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D368. The need for standardising time, first in the United Kingdom and later the world, became more and more desirable as the 19th century progressed. Unsynchronised local time, based on towns and cities, was becoming a major problem, particularly for the stage coaches, which prided themselves on accurate time-keeping and carried the mail and when the railways came in the problem was greatly exacerbated.

When this clock was made (The design was registered on the 2nd of December 1856, No 23910) the standardisation of time throughout the United Kingdom had become a reality. In 1880 the “Definition of Time Act” was brought in stating that in all legal documents the time referred to shall be “Greenwich Mean Time” and some four years later the world had agreed, by and large, to adopt it and thereafter it was used on all charts, etc. At that time the differences throughout the world were determined and some clocks were produced, such as this one, on which, at a glance, the time at most of the major cities and countries of the world could be seen.

In this particular example the 7.5"disc in the centre is constantly rotating so that the correct time at each different locality is shown correctly. The outer fixed dial is 12" in diameter.
The top part of the case may be rotated on its rosewood base to simplify the back winding. Height 17". (43cms). £8,950.

Ref; Derek Roberts. Precision Pendulum Clocks. The quest for accurate timekeeping.
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Derek Roberts Precision Pendulum Clocks. The quest for accurate timekeeping.
Dimensions
Height 43.00 cm (16.93 inches)
Width 30.00 cm (11.81 inches)
Stock Code
D368.
Medium
Rosewood
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