Marine: Victor Kullberg 3588 2-day marine chronometer

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  1. MUN CHOR-WENG

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    #1 MUN CHOR-WENG, Nov 7, 2015
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    This 2-day full size marine chronometer by Victor Kullberg # 3588 c 1875 is housed in a three-tier mahogany box.

    In the book Chronometer Makers of the World by Tony Mercer, Victor Kullberg was described as one of the most brilliant and prolific makers of chronometers and movements during the
    19th -20th century. Over the years, Victor Kullberg had submitted many chronometers successfully to Greenwich trials and international exhibitions and the awards that he had won were often inscribed on the dial on his chronometers.
    In an article in CLOCKS magazine ( July 1984 ) Beresford Hutchinson, Curator of Horology at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich mentioned that gold hands were fitted to Kullberg's chronometers whenever one of his instruments gained high marks in the annual trials at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich or at Kew Observatory.


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    #2 MUN CHOR-WENG, Nov 7, 2015
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    Sorry, Images of a John Poole chronometer were inadvertently included in the above post.
    I am unable to delete them even though someone had taught me how to do it within the permitted time some time ago.
    I would appreciate if the moderator can help me to remove them
    Thanks.

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    Mun, thanks for posting. I recall you and I discussed this chronometer some years ago, and marveled at how finely made it was.

    I've deleted the two photos of your Poole clock and moved the one of the Kullberg that was an attachment into the main body of your message per your request.
     
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    John,

    Many thanks for your help.

    Yes, it must be in the late 1980s when I showed you the chronometer when you were in Singapore. How time flies.



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    Kullberg also made pocket chronometers and pocket watches, although the latter are rarely signed by him; I have him on my standard search list whenever I look at auction catalogues, but I have never found one yet.

    The attached is an obituary for Victor Kullberg, coincidentally written by James U Poole, who I guess is related to the John Poole who made your other chronometer, Mun. It was published in The Observatory in 1890 and shown in this link to the Harvard University Library.
     

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    Yes, Victor Kullberg not only made marine chronometers he produced quite a number of very high quality pocket chronometers, pocket watches as well as carriage clocks.
    The link below shows one pocket watch that was sold by a specialist dealer :
    http://www.antique-watch.com/product-15-w9722.html

    The Museum of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers Guildhall, London has a very fine eight-day chronometer carriage clock c 1896 made by V Kullberg.
    I have taken the liberty to reproduce a picture of that clock here for our discussion.
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    Quite a number of Kullberg marine chronometers have appeared on the market in recent years as a Google search will show.

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