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Called a crystal or four glass clock. It could be an 8 day duration and it’s a strike on a gong. Pendulum is called a girl on a swing.  Watchweasol is correct in saying the case is spelter, so be very careful as this stuff breaks and its very difficult to repair. Dates around the 1900’s to about 1915. Value to sell as I see it about £1,000

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