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Paul Garnier Hger Mien de la Marine c.1910 -- Stock Number: 3348

Paul Garnier Hger Mien de la Marine c.1910

A decorative French ’tole’ wall timepiece, the eight day drum movement with a 6” diameter porcelain enamel dial signed ‘Paul Garnier Hger Mien de la Marine’, in an octagonal toleware case of cushion form with green and gold decoration, and brass ball and ring hanger.

Price: £1,100
Stock Number: 3348

The movement is also signed on the backplate ‘Paul Garnier Paris’ , and the signature on the dial is an abbreviation of ‘Horloger Mechanicien de la Marine’ - in other words ‘Clockmaker and Mechanic to the Navy’. The convex glass is held in a finely tooled brass bezel.

Paul Garnier was one of the finest French nineteenth century makers of clocks and watches. He was born in 1801 and died in 1870, but the firm he founded in Paris continued until at least the first world war.