Military Clock - Boer War ?

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Military Clock - Boer War ?

Postby Derbys » 25 Dec 2016 08:37

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Merry Christmas, fellow forum members. Santa has been very kind to me with lots of books - 1st and 2nd Anglo Sikh Wars by Amarpal Singh, Pathan Rising by Mark Simner, 2 books on Ethel Grimwood and Rorke's Drift New Perspective by Neil Thornton - but he/she was very kind by surprising me with an unusual old clock - see attached. Made of spelter, 3 feet high, and working. But what does it represent? . Small plates state " His last stand" and "for King and Country". I'm thinking South Africa 1902.......? I'd be very interested to hear what you think. Chris.
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Re: Military Clock - Boer War ?

Postby 95th » 25 Dec 2016 16:51

Merry Christmas derbys,well I've no idea about your clock but i do do know it's VERY VERY nice!!
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Re: Military Clock - Boer War ?

Postby Bushman » 26 Dec 2016 02:47

Is it possible to get a clear up close photo of the weapon?
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Re: Military Clock - Boer War ?

Postby Derbys » 26 Dec 2016 20:21

Little detail but clearly weaponn is a magazine rifle. Upright collars on uniforms bearing a crown collar badge, and a medal similar in appearance to a Khandahar Star. Leather gaiters with wrap around strap, and foreign service helmet. Perhaps some artistic licence, but what does it represent and what is the significance of the African and Brittania (?) on the surround to the clock face.....?
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Re: Military Clock - Boer War ?

Postby SWB » 27 Dec 2016 11:06

There is nothing listed in Oosthuizen's book Boer War Memorabilia: The Collectors' Guide like this.

With the colonial elements it may well be ABW, or it could be a general piece.

There will be a lots of artistic licence and inaccuracies with weapons and uniforms - don't get distracted by those. This is art not historical record.

You need to find a maker's mark and research from there to see when this was manufactured.

Very nice though.

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Re: Military Clock - Boer War ?

Postby Derbys » 27 Dec 2016 18:03

Thanks SWB. Yes, I'm sure there's plenty of artistic licence so haven't taken anything on face value. Actually, I've found a signature - X.Raphanel, a French artist - and an almost identical piece described as French solders ! The addition of the English plates "The Last Stand" and "For King and Country" leads me to conclude that it's a French piece adapted for the English market or by someone who was attracted by it. Not historically correct but an impressive piece nonetheless , and someone thought enough of it to add those plates and look after it.
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Ps pictures appear the right way up on both my iPad mad laptop......?
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Re: Military Clock - Boer War ?

Postby Will Mathieson » 28 Dec 2016 01:10

Not the first French piece I've seen adapted to other markets. Very impressive piece and I even have room for one!
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