French Automaton Industrial Locomotive Clock

  • This exceptionally rare French automaton clock takes the form of a locomotive
  • A clock, aneroid barometer and stick thermometer are all integrated into the complex design
  • It also features a separate mechanism that causes the wheels to spin when wound
  • It is truly a wonderful example of the industrial series of clocks popular in the 19th century
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Item No. 31-1279

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An exceptionally rare timepiece from a bygone age of industry, this automaton clock takes the form of a locomotive. The eight-day movement strikes on a gong and tells the time on a white porcelain chapter ring dial. An aneroid barometer and stick thermometer are also integrated into the complex design, lending it functionality beyond a simple time teller. It also features a separate mechanism that causes the wheels to spin when wound, bringing life to this industrial wonder.

Though it is undeniably an impressive piece of clockmaking, it is also a remarkable work of art. Crafted of silvered and gilt bronze, this train displays an impressive degree of historical accuracy. A cow catcher is mounted at the front, while the smokebox, safety valves, cylinders and ladders are all included. It is truly a wonderful example of the industrial series of clocks popular in French horology during the late 19th century.

French industrial clocks are among the most creative and diverse timepieces of their era, designed to showcase the new technologies of their time and place. Combining precision timekeeping with mechanically-inspired automata, these clocks are extremely popular with collectors and difficult to find in such exceptional, working condition.

A similar clock is pictured on page 269 of Mystery, Novelty, Fantasy Clocks by D. Roberts.

Circa 1895

8 3/4" wide x 20 1/4" deep x 17" high
French Automaton Industrial Locomotive Clock
Period: 19th Century
Origin: France
Depth: 20.25 Inches
Width: 8.75 Inches
Height: 17.0 Inches

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