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    J. Cottet, Franche Comté Rosewood Table Clock, 1880 c.

    "A Small-Town Clockmaker's Delusions of Grandeur"

    Franche Comté Rosewood Table Clock

    J. Cottet, c.1880


    A large and impressive Franche Comté rosewood calendrical and astronomical striking table clock, 40 inches high. Manufactured in Morez, in the Jura region of France. Though less celebrated today for clock-making than the adjacent town of Morbier, Morez was an important centre of 19th century horology as indicated by the incredible craftsmanship of this clock.
    Inset with enamel dials indicating: 25-day Solar rotation; local mean time; day of the week; Lunar retardation; the Epact and the Golden Number; leap years; and letter of Dominical year. World time is shown on a polar-projected map of the Northern Hemisphere with revolving twice XII chapter ring coloured to indicate which part of the Earth is in day or night.

    Thousands of fine and rare maps from the 15th to the 20th Centuries


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