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Mystery Clock by Robert Houdin

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An unquestionable horological rarity, this regal gilt bronze mystery clock is the work of Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805-1871), inventor, scientist, mechanical and horological genius and magician-extraordinaire. Houdin inspired successive generations of clockmakers, inventors and magicians, most notably Harry Houdini who derived his name from Robert-Houdin. This single-handed, glass dial clock revolves without any apparent connection to the movement, which is ingeniously contained inside the decorative bronze base. Houdin’s first recorded glass-dialed mystery clock was displayed in London in 1838, where it received much acclaim as a horological wonder, sparking an enthusiastic debate over its modus operandi. The mystery is created by having two glass dials, one with the numerals and a second onto which the hour is attached. A brass-toothed wheel fixed to the edge of this and concealed by the bezel is driven by bezel gears running up through one of the supports. Houdin's clocks are featured and discussed in numerous horological texts, including Mystery, Novelty and Fantasy Clocks by Derek Roberts, page 222, and Tardy's French Clocks the World Over, Part III, page 138. circa 1860. Measures: 7 1/2" wide x 4 7/8" deep x 16" high.

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  • Creator
    Robert Houdin (Clockmaker)
  • In the Style Of
  • Place of Origin
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 16 in. x W 7.5 in. x D 4.88 in.H 40.64 cm x W 19.05 cm x D 12.4 cm
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Seller Reference Number
    30-9273
  • Reference Number
    LU891115016792
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