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Scarce 10” British Fusee Dial Timepiece by Franz Xaver Ganz 1872 (1 of 8)
Time to Admire Ltd
Time to Admire Ltd is located in England, United Kingdom

Scarce 10” British Fusee Dial Timepiece by Franz Xaver Ganz 1872

REF: AC/397 / LA377196
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Description
We present for consideration, this fusee wall timepiece with scarce 10” dial by maker Franz Xaver Ganz of Swansea, South Wales. Born 1830, in the Baden-Baden area of South-West Germany, Franz Xaver Ganz was living in Freiburg when, after completing his clockmaking apprenticeship and aged 19 (c1848), he emigrated from Germany with his mother to escape the building revolution and unrest in his native country and as a result, possible military conscription. He eventually settled in Llanelly, in the Brecon Beacons of South Wales, and even though he could not at this time speak either English or Welsh, he still managed to secure a job with a regional clockmaker called William Isaac in Swansea. (Having obtained this job, the story goes that Ganz then learnt both English and Welsh by comparing his Lutheran Bible with both English and Welsh versions of same!) From c1853 he started to trade on his own, making high quality timepieces that he would regularly deliver in person to his customers in and around the town of Swansea and in c1854 he opened his first shop at 72 High Street, Swansea, as a clock and watchmaker, jeweller and opticians. **Nb: Interestingly, and throughout his professional life, Ganz chose not to use his first name in any business-related activity or when signing clocks and watches that he made, only going by the name of Xaver Ganz (or “X. Ganz”, as can be witnessed on this clock).** By 1871 Ganz had relocated and was now operating from a larger premises at 231 High Street, Swansea (where this clock would have been made). From this new outlet, Ganz, still a clock and watch maker, jeweller and optician, also added to his product range; “chronometers and nautical instruments and supplies of Admiralty charts and logbooks.” And, having become an expert Silversmith, he also made and sold exclusive silver jewellery items, along with other clocks and watches that he purchased through the trade, from other parts of the Uk, Europe and the Usa. In 1895, Ganz was awarded full British Citizenship and by the age of 71, was still active in the business with a number of his sons, eventually passing away on 7 August 1908 at 32 Montpelier Terrace, Swansea, he was then 79 years old! This lovely clocks Mahogany turned roundhead face, sits over its boxed cabinet, both having deep aged patination. There is a hinged inspection door located on one side of the box and a further turn catch hinged regulator door located at the bottom of the box. The clocks metal dial has black painted Roman numerals and Ganz details, finished with its original pair of blued Breguet Empire hands, secured with a pinned collet. The clocks dial is then protected by a thick glaze mounted in its brass bezel. The clock benefits from a quality 8-day single fusee driven movement set between shouldered plates and turned pillars and comes with its original 70mm diameter brass pendulum bob and a brass winding key. …A truly outstanding mid-Victorian 10” fusee dial timepiece of the highest order, from one of South Wales’s most celebrated and well-documented clock and watch makers of the day. Sold with further related photographs and historical facts and notes regarding Xaver Ganz (and indeed), the clocks provenance! Free Shipping: Included in the price is free professional packing, shipping and insurance to anywhere in mainland England, Wales and Scotland. If outside of mainland Britain, please contact us for a competitive quote. Payment - We Accept: - Debit / Credit Cards. - Bacs Transfer (Faster Payments). (Our bank details are on our invoices). - PayPal. (Via this site).

measurements

Depth:
15 cm
Diameter:
31 cm

declaration

Time to Admire Ltd has clarified that the Scarce 10” British Fusee Dial Timepiece by Franz Xaver Ganz 1872 (LA377196) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being Circa 1872

condition

Serviced and guaranteed for 12-months.

additional info

Material:
Origin:
Date of Manufacture:
Circa 1872

delivery

Free Shipping: Included in the price is free professional packing, shipping and insurance to anywhere in mainland England, Wales and Scotland. If outside of mainland Britain, please contact us for a competitive quote.

location

This Scarce 10” British Fusee Dial Timepiece by Franz Xaver Ganz 1872 is located in England, United Kingdom

Dealer Information:

Time to Admire Ltd

England, United Kingdom