French clock c1890s

Medaille D'argent Vincenti

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Medaille D'argent Vincenti


French clock

Production date



ebony, metal, glass

Dimensions (H x W x D)

48.5 x 36 x 15 cm


Presented to Mr Charles Pridmore By / the officers of the Corporation of Melbourne / On the Occasion of His Marriage. June 2nd 1897

Credit line

Donated on behalf of the descendants of Charles Pridmore, 2019
City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection


clock, Mr Charles Pridmore, 1897,


In 1897, aged 30, the head plumber at the City of Melbourne, Charles Pridmore, got married. To mark the event, workmates chipped in and bought the happy couple this substantial French clock (marked ‘Medaille D'argent Vincenti’ and ‘1855’). The plaque inscription reads 'Presented to Mr Charles Pridmore by the officers of the Corporation of Melbourne On the occasion of his Marriage June 2nd 1897.' Not suprisingly, it requires a service to get it going again. Also being kindly donated to the City’s collection by Tony Lewis and other descendants of Charles Pridmore is a handsome wooden tray, given to him on his retirement in 1916. He must have been a popular man – Lord Mayors have left the place with less. He died in Camberwell in 1957.