Skinner Sci-Tech auction, July 25

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner’s July 25 science technology and clocks auction features several important pairs of globes by Newton, a sextant by Ramsden, an octant by George Jones, equinoctial dials, astrolabes, chronometers, microscopes and nautical antiques. In addition, about 100 American and European clocks will be sold which include ship’s bell clocks by Chelsea, chronometers, a 10 tune musical longcase clock by Joseph Eayre, a month duration, chiming longcase clock by Thomas Hackney, bracket clocks, technical pocket watches and a rare Rolex, triple date chronograph “Jean Claude Killy” wristwatch.

Topping the clock offerings, an important floor-standing Astronomical Regulator made by E. Howard in Boston will be sold for the first time since new, in 1867.

Mechanical music will be represented with a strong collection of cylinder and disc musical boxes including a L’Epee four overture box no. 16031, an Organocleide box, and disc boxes by New Century and Synphonium. Militaria and Toys and Dolls round out the sale featuring a Bru Bebe doll with chevrot  body, early papier mache lady dolls and a Tuck Comb Grodnerthal peddler doll.

Among the standout lots include the L’ Epee Four-Overture musical box. Its cylinder and single comb plays overtures from Norma, Leonora, Somnambula and Rienzi presented in a rosewood veneered case inliad with brass on the lid and applied rosettes. The musical box carries a pre auction estimate of $12,000-$15,000.

An impressive Japanned quarter-striking and musical longcase clock made in England by Joseph Eayre circa 1765 is expected to bring $8,000 to $10,000.

An unusual pair of 12-inch Regency library globes by Newton could sell for between $15,000 to $20,000. Made in London circa 1810, the globes are made of  twelve engraved gores on plaster sphere, with continents lightly shaded, countries outlined in faded green, coasts hatched and colored with North America  divided into territories and states such as the Massachusetts Bay colony and New England shown as a single region. Louisiana is listed as a territory and the Pacific Coast is called “New Albion” with California depicted as a peninsula. Numerous Native American settlements are described as Indian Villages and Snake Indians labeled in the West and North West.

Skinner’s Science, Technology and Clocks auction is scheduled for July 25 at its headquarters in Malborough, Mass., and online at