American National and Astronomical Clock. Felix Meier, Inventor. (Cabinet photo portrait of Meier and his clock.). Horology, Felix Meier, Detroit.

American National and Astronomical Clock. Felix Meier, Inventor. (Cabinet photo portrait of Meier and his clock.)

Detroit: J. E. Watson, Photographer, [ca. 1879]. Cabinet photo, scant 6 x 4 inches on slightly larger mount, imprint and caption to mount below image. Faint traces as perhaps of glue from mounting to the blank verso, otherwise in very good condition. Item #17717

Meier’s masterwork went on display at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit in 1879; among its many wonders, the clock would accurately show the positions of the planets over 200 years of timekeeping and boasted such features as an animated George Washington and a parade of presidents: “When Death strikes the hour, a music box concealed within the clock begins to play; the figure of Washington slowly rises from the chair, and extends the right hand, presenting the Declaration of Independence” (Silas Farmer’s History of Detroit and Michigan, 1884). The clock evidently toured, and was destroyed in a warehouse fire in New York in 1907.

Price: $225.00

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