Exceptional Marine Chronometer to sell at Tennants Catalogue Sale 10&11 April

One of the highlights of Tennants Spring 2008 Catalogue Sale will be an exceptional eight day coromandel wood Marine Chronometer, signed Victor Kullberg, 105 Liverpool Rd, Islington, London, No.4656, 1887 and estimated to sell for £7,000 – £9,000.

chron1.jpgVictor Kullberg (1824-1890) was described as “One of the most brilliant and successful horologists of the 19th century”. This Marine Chronometer was commissioned by Captain Robert Townley Parker for his steam yacht “The Lady Beatrice” and delivered on 23rd October 1887 whilst she was berthed at Victoria Dock, London. It is being sold together with a copy of the typescript of Kullberg’s day book recording the purchase and sale of the present eight day chronometer, listing the delivery time of six months and the original cost of £60.

The quality of this Marine Chronometer is without doubt exceptional and its superb performance is confirmed by the fact that it comes with a Thomas Mercer rating certificate which shows an average daily error of just 0.5 seconds.

The Townley Parkers were a large landowning family from Lancashire who can date their history back to the 14th century. They owned Cuerden Hall, Preston, where Captain Townley Parker was born in 1823 and also Astley Hall, Chorley, Lancashire, where the Townley Parker papers are now deposited. Amongst these is a painting of “The Lady Beatrice” which was described by Lloyds Yacht Register in 1889-90 as a screw schooner of 244.83 gross tonnage, making it one of the larger privately owned yachts of the period.
Robert Townley Parker entered the 53rd, The Shropshire Regiment of Foot, as an ensign in August 1841 aged 17, and in 1845-46 took part in the first Seikh War in the Punjab for which he was awarded the Sutlej campaign medal with bar. He married Judith Caroline Augusta, third daughter of Jones Ponton of Anglesey in 1850 and later resided at Green Park Mansions, Piccadilly, London where he died on 3rd November 1894.
Viewing for the sale takes place from Sunday 6th April to Wednesday 9th April 2008. For more information please contact Adam Wasdell at Tennants on +44(0)1969 623780