Boston/Vermont ship's bell clock from the yacht 'SIGMA' with an accompanying period print of the yacht, American, circa 1897. The clock has a 4 1/2 inch silver dial with painted Arabic numerals. It retains its original blue shaped hands. The clock has the early form tandem wind single post eight day time and strike movement, signed: 'Vermont Clock Company' on the plate. The clock retains its original red brass case with hinge bezel. There is a bell that is 3 inches in diameter and 2 3/4 inches in height which is mounted to a yellow brass yoke which attaches to the left and right side of the middle of the case. The bell is engraved: 'SIGMA'. Accompanying the clock is a large folio print, titled: 'STEAM YACHT SIGMA'. This print is from an original painting by W.Ruchinbach. The print was published by the Detroit Lithograph Company, circa 1882. The print has a wonderful colorful image of this handsome steam yacht. The vessel is flying several flags and her name appears both on the trailboards as well as from a flag flying from the foremast. There are two American flags. (CL-391)
Note: The yacht 'SIGMA' was built by John Craig for M.S. Smith Esquire in 1882. She had an iron hull with a length of 154 feet. In 1897, the 'SIGMA' was purchased by Sheldon C. Reynolds, a prominent member of the New York Yacht Club. Mr. Reynolds purchased the clock for 'SIGMA' probably at the time he purchased the yacht. This clock is extremely rare and coming from an identified American yacht makes it one of the rarest and most desirable American ship clocks we have examined. Having the accompanying 'SIGMA' print creates a combination which we have never seen matched. Condition of clock: The clock has been recently restored and is in excellent running order.
Condition of print: The print is in excellent condition and has been recently framed in a period frame.
Dimensions of clock: Height 9 inches; Width 6 inches; Depth 3 1/2 inches.
Dimensions of print: (sight) 20 5/8 x 29.