ANTIQUE FRENCH ROCKING SHIP CLOCK AUTOMATON WITH GLASS DOME
Stock number: RW0729/0119
A late 19th century French rocking ship musical automaton with a clock all under the original glass dome, on the right is a tall clock tower housing the clock movement and on the left is a water mill with a bridge between them, when pulling the cord on the side the musical movement starts to play and the ship in the forefront starts to rock and roll, the water wheel starts to turn and the figures start to walk across the bridge, the interior of the glass dome is hand painted with an estuary scene of water, boats, land and buildings, the covering around the ship is the original material which has had the colour bleached out (would have been blue to start with) and has a few tears in it, but as original I have decided to leave this alone, all on an ebonised base. The front of the clock dial is signed and the movement on the back is stamped H P & Co, and numbered 01364 and then 23009. Possibly made by Phalibois. A charming item and I am pleased that it is in its original state. It has been serviced and comes with a 12 month warranty.