Love & Fascination for Clocks
At the age of 14, Ken Hose’s interest in motor vehicles was sparked, and subsequently he commenced a mechanic’s apprenticeship with a Collingwood based garage. On the wall of the garage hung an American wall clock, which Ken coveted and later, when the garage was scheduled for demolition, Ken rescued the clock and so began his lifelong relationship and passion for clocks.
Many years, one marriage and three children later, Ken and Judy had the opportunity to make their first visit to the United Kingdom in 1974. Ken and his wife Judy refined their taste in clocks after viewing and experiencing the craftsmanship and complexity of the timepieces on offer in England and during this trip acquired a number of fine clocks; mostly English, French and American. In 1980 Ken retired in order to devote his days to collecting and restoring clocks and his passion for clocks and precision in restoration has made him recognised as a prominent and respected member of the local and international clock community.
Ken and Judy’s love and fascination for clocks over the years also manifested itself in academic ventures and this resulted in the publication of no less than three books on Australian clockmakers such as Fritz Ziegeler and Charles Falck.
The collection features rare timepieces from both Australian clockmakers, pictured below lot 156 is a rare golden eagle swinging clock by Falck. German born, Charles Falck, was trained in the art of watchmaking, in which he developed not just the requisite skills but a clear mechanical ingenuity. He, like many others, was drawn to Australia by the Gold Rush and arrived in Adelaide in 1854. Soon after he settled in Melbourne and then in 1862 he moved to Beechworth, where he commenced his own business as a watchmaker and gold buyer. His skill in practical horology was evident in a clock of his own design and manufacture, which was exhibited at the first Melbourne Exhibition in 1856 and having won the gold medal for this submission, he wasted no time in placing it as a prominent attraction in the shop window of his business on Ford street. Falck also filled the position of timekeeper at the Beechworth Racing Club and thus forms an important part of local horological history.
Ken and Judy’s collection, The Hose Collection, is an anthology of clock craftsmanship from the 17th century to the 20th century, varying from bracket clocks, to musical clocks and automata. Ken’s skill in mechanical engineering and love for clocks is evinced by lot 84, being a harlequin acrobat of his own design.
Leonard Joel are honoured to be offering this unique Australian collection by public auction on Monday 25th June at 6.30pm.
Head of Decorative Arts