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Domestic Regulator by Brysons of Edinburgh


Sold: 23rd May 2012

A very small high quality Domestic Regulator by these Clockmakers to the Royal family.

The 8 day duration movement striking the hours on a bell with Deadbeat Escapement and Harrison Maintaining Power. The round silvered brass dial showing both seconds and date and set within a silvered brass sight ring. Also with matching blued steel hands and signed by the maker to the centre of the dial. The unusually constructed Mercurial Pendulum with a steel rod set within the actual glass flask. The top of the pendulum mounted on a very substantial cast iron bracket hanging from the backboard. The plain mahogany case with a glazed trunk door with a veneered backboard, single plinth to the base and finishing with a very elegant architectural top.

Note: This clock was until very recently standing in the main entrance Hall of Torosay Castle on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. We believe from records acquired that the clock had been there since the 1850’s when the Castle was built. The clock is featured in a book explaining the history of the Castle which will be sold with the clock.

The Brysons were not only famous in the Clockmaking world but also the Scientific establishment. They were also Clockmakers to the Royal family. The business began in the early 19th century with Robert Bryson, a very competent and inventive maker. Alexander and Robert, his two sons had joined him in business by the 1841 Census. The business then became known as Bryson & Sons or just simply Brysons. Alexander was not just a Clockmaker but also an Inventor of all types of apparatus from a device that detected Icebergs to an Improved Aneriod Barometer. The business carried on through the 19th century with Robert Snr passing away in 1852, Alexander in 1866 and then Robert Jnr in 1886. The business then passed in to the hands of Hamilton & Inches which is still in existence today.

Price: £14,750 / Height: 6'4" / C.1845