Mappin Brothers Clock

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I bought this Mappin Bros. clock at an auction in July. It's slate and has a French movement. My theory is the Mappin Bros. were buying clocks and having their name put on them to resell. Does anyone know anything about this clock?

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mappin brothers clock

i would expect different hands... and want to see the back of the movement, pendulum, etc. (not that i know that much about frenchies, just to get the whole picture)
 

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There is quite a bit of information on these threads regarding a jewelry firm by the name of Mappin and Webb in the U.K. Whether there is a connection with Mappin Brothers, I do not know.

I suspect that Mappin Brothers were retailers.

Our U.K. folks will probably provide more information about the firm. As Bruce said, more pictures of the clock will be beneficial.

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As was common for retailers, they would have had their name put on the dial.

info about the company, which is still going, and was a good retailer in its day, can be found on Wikipedia Mappin & Webb - Wikipedia
 

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Hi,

Yes, Mappin Bros is indeed the retailer, as the others have said above. I'd say the hands are original, but it is true that you more commonly see either Renaissance style hands (also termed trefoil) or Bréguet style hands on these clocks. As said above as well, we would need to see the movement with the bell off to see if it bears a manufacturer's mark. It's more than likely a Japy Frères or a Marti product, but it could also be one of the many other makers.

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They were and still are a well known and respected firm that retailed clcoks, afaik they also bought in movements and cased them.
 

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mappin brothers clock

i would expect different hands... and want to see the back of the movement, pendulum, etc. (not that i know that much about frenchies, just to get the whole picture)
I'm certain it's French. It has all the characteristics of a French movement. Most clocks I find by the Mappin Bros. or Mappin and Webb are made of silver, which makes perfect sense. I don't know what kind of movements they have, but I wouldn't be surprised if they bought movements and fit them into their clocks.

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Hi,

Yes, Mappin Bros is indeed the retailer, as the others have said above. I'd say the hands are original, but it is true that you more commonly see either Renaissance style hands (also termed trefoil) or Bréguet style hands on these clocks. As said above as well, we would need to see the movement with the bell off to see if it bears a manufacturer's mark. It's more than likely a Japy Frères or a Marti product, but it could also be one of the many other makers.

Regards.
Here it is with the bell off. Should have done that above, haha.

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My wife owns early 20th C oak cased clock with a white metal front retailed by Mappin & Webb, the movement is a pendule de Paris timepiece with lever escapement by Couaillet who did not make the case.
 

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Here it is with the bell off. Should have done that above, haha.

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Thanks for the picture. Alas, there doesn't appear to be a manufacturer's stamp as one could expect but this doesn't detract from it in any way, it just means it will be difficult if not impossible to make a specific attribution.

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Thanks for the picture. Alas, there doesn't appear to be a manufacturer's stamp as one could expect but this doesn't detract from it in any way, it just means it will be difficult if not impossible to make a specific attribution.

Regards.
Yeah, it has been difficult to find out anything. I contacted Mappin and Webb, and they will only help me if I go to their store. Mappin Bros. Was only in existence for a few years, so I've narrowed the age down to a decade. But, there are so many more questions.
 

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