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Day's Patent Gothic Watchstand

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Day's Patent Watchstand Deskpiece. Each side of the Gothic edifice with a sprung aperture to hold a watch when not in the pocket, a false pocket watch with an enamel dial set at 12.17 for the opposing opening. The tower lifts to reveal three cut glass containers with pressed and 'gilt' brass caps; two for ink and one for blotting powder. The makers label from beneath survives but has been detrimentally covered with cellotape. The maker identifies himself with the Royal Coat of Arms and his name above the clock opening. Made from pressed brass, as was much from this maker, and backed with lead.

 

English circa 1830.

 

w:6 in x d:4 in x h:8.5 in 

 

The label is likely to read 'B Days' patent chimney ornament to represent Gothic architecture are so constructed that they may be used for fire-screens, flower or scent jars, time-piece cases, candle-shades, and various useful purposes. Manufactured by the patentee, Snow Hill, Birmingham. Appointed manufacturer to His Majesty'.

Day was a prosperous Birmingham manufacturer whose 'Birmingham Gothic' was despised by A.W.N. Pugin, referring disparagingly to these products as 'Patterns of Brummagen Gothic'.

 

Item Code: 2520

£ 980

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