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Height - 183cm / 6ft
Width - 49cm
Depth - 18cm
Bob Dia. - 21cm
Dial - 23cm
With bezel - 26cm

A rarely found Clock, if at all, measuring a huge six feet in height, finial to finial, the clock is absolutely VAST and has a fascinating history to Buckinghamshire, The Conservative Party and The Grenville Lodge of Oddfellows.

Beautiful Single weight Vienna with two piece enamel Dial with subsidiary incorporated in a fully ebonised case.

This clock was initially ordered by Sir William ‘Walter Carlile’; Conservative M.P for Buckingham in 1892 and was to be given the ‘Grenville Lodge of Oddfellows’ in Buckingham (Lodge no. 1787) and subsequently imported on his behalf by E.A.Smith of Buckingham directly from the Remember clock Co. Austria.

The Remember Company was formed in 1872 by Gebr. Resch (Resch Brothers) in Ebensee, Austria.

(Vienna clocks with signed "Remember" movements are highly regarded by collectors due to their superior mechanical quality)

The Vienna case bears its original waved glass to both the front and sides along with all its original polished brass fittings: door latches, movement seat housing, hinges and with its large presentation plaque that reads:

Presented By Walter Carlile Esq. to The Grenville Lodge of Oddfellows on his being installed a member - February 29th 1892.

The movement, movement seat, pendulum are all stamped correctly with 21226.

The clock runs wonderfully and looks fantastic with its polished brass weight, intricate pulley wheel and pendulum against the ebonised case.

A little history on Sir William Walter Carlile - 
Educated at Harrow and at Clare College, Cambridge, and later became a lieutenant of the 3rd Volunteer Battalion of the Oxfordshire Light Infantry (the former Royal Buckinghamshire Militia (King's Own)).

He went on to hold several offices in the county of Buckingham as a Justice of the Peace, a Deputy Lieutenant (having been appointed in 1897), and an Alderman of Buckinghamshire County Council. In early 1900 he received a commission as major of the 1st Battalion, Buckinghamshire Rifle Volunteers.

Carlile first stood for Parliament in the 1892 general election (the very same year he gifted the Vienna) But was defeated in Buckingham by the sitting Liberal Party MP Herbert Samuel Leon.

He won the seat at the next election, in 1895, on a swing of 4.5%, and was re-elected in 1900. He stood down from the House of Commons at the 1906 general election, when Buckingham was won by the Liberal Frederick William Verney.

Another interesting fact is that during most of Walters electioneering in his constituency, he was transported by a horse drawn coach, pulled by four horses, however his entry into the political field was at a time when motorcars were coming into use and he was one of the first members of parliament to drive a car to the House of Commons. Upon his first trip the car broke down when nearing its destination and he had to be recovered home.

Honours - Having been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1918, Carlile was made a baronet, of Gayhurst in the County of Buckingham, in the 1928 Birthday Honours. However the baronetcy became extinct on his death.

Personal Details - In 1885, Carlile married Blanche Anne Cadogan, daughter of the Rev. Edward Cadogan of Wicken, Northamptonshire.
His residence was listed in 1901 as Gayhurst House in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, a late-Elizabethan stone mansion house formerly owned by Everard Digby, one of the conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Set in well-wooded park of 250 acres, it has been described as "one of the most charming examples of Elizabethan architecture in the county".


Huge oversized Vienna Regulator by RESCH-GEBRUEDER AUSTRIA

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