Hello, my name is***** am one of the expert appraisers here at justanswer. I would be happy to help you. Please allow me to research this and promptly post back thank you
Hi I am researching this now and will post as soon as I ma done. I will post back here so this evening I should have it completed for you. Thank you for the information I am finding the history to the piece now and looking at actual values.
I will do my best yes this is a unique piece and am having some trouble but will find what I can for you. Thank you
Hello, I have been reading everything I can find.
the age is correct, as style of hourglass you have is consistent to early 19th century (1800's)
I am having trouble with finding when orange colored mercury came into being and how they did that. I have no way of knowing who made the piece without any marks; However, I am looking at the orange mercury now and trying to find out where that came to be. From a castle in France I have no way to prove if there was no written providence given to you stating that. I am still working on this and will post as find things through the evening.
I found the following history of the hourglass:
It has long been thought that hourglasses were certainly an ancient device, thanks especially to an ancient Roman bas-relief that seemed to include one. Recently, however, it was determined that the part of the bas-relief with the hourglass on it was only added in the 16th century.In fact, the first authentic evidence of hourglasses did not appear until 1338 AD, when Ambrosio Lorenzetti painted a fresco with the personification of Temperance holding an hourglass (image 4). Later that century, hourglasses were mentioned in written documents, including a 1345 sales receipt for items bought by the clerk of an English ship, and the inventory taken at the 1380 death of King Charles V of France. So from these three examples, it is clear that by the early 14th century, hourglasses were in common usage by everyone from sailors to kings, and had already taken on symbolic values as a device of measurement.It makes sense that a ship clerk would have purchased an hourglass, since it is a strong possibility that hourglasses were first developed for maritime use (image 5). Before the 14th century, time was measured in unequal hours, based on the durations of day and night on each date. On a ship, however, the measurement of equal hours would have been necessary for calculating the distance traveled (since distance = rate x time). Sand-filled hourglasses would have been preferable to water clocks (the most ancient form of clock, which functions similarly to the hourglass) because, if suspended, they would be relatively unaffected by the motion of the ocean.So basically all the evidence points to the hourglass being invented around 1000-1100 AD, during that era's great advances in maritime navigation. This dating gives the hourglass roughly enough time to become widely used and to enter the material record around 1300.
The part of history on hour glassses came from this link below.
I am still looking this up also I am sorry it is taking me time however this is an interesting piece. I will post back what I continue to find on the piece.
Hello, yes I have contacted France to find the lists of inventory and see I may pinpoint the castle it came from. Also, I realized this was a fortune telling instrument after exhausting the hour glass and running across a douser article that went into the instruments of asking questions and getting answers from an assortment of curios. I am still working on this and thank you for this reply. I am still working on how the mercury and orange combined. Very fascinating item you have. Thank you for your patience. As soon as I hear back I will be posting more information.
thank you I am still researching everything I have and know of. i have not received any emails as of yet and am hoping to by tomorrow. I know it is just now Monday morning in France.
Hello, I have exhausted everything I have. My colleagues in France have looked into the inventory of castles and this is not listed on anything. They went back to 1680 and before that the records are sketchy and they could not go back further. I have tried everything I can and have come up with nothing. I will opt out of the question at this time and open it to let other appraisers try with this question. If they know anything on this item they will post here. It doesnt cost you any more and you will not need to do anything. I have tried my best and have come up with no concrete information on this other then it dates back before 1680 if going by castle inventory logs. Thank you
If I run across anything I will post back here in the future.