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Exceptional Antique French Clock and other Artifacts from the Historic & Famous Everleigh Club, Chicago, 1900 - 1911

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We are pleased to offer the following artifacts we believe are from the world famous 'Everleigh Club' which flourished in Chicago, Illinois from 1900 to 1911 and was, in that period, the most famous and fabulous bordello in the United States.


The pieces are an especially beautiful and rare form of French 'Crystal Regulator' clock, a hand tinted original framed double photographic portrait of Minna and Ada Everleigh, and several guest souvenir items which were furnishings of the Everleigh Club. These items are believed to have passed down through descendants of the Everleigh sisters. The 'Club' was located at 2131-2133 South Dearborn St. Chicago, IL and was known to have been furnished in an truly magnificent manner with the finest decorative items money could buy. The 'Club' catered exclusively to the highest levels of American and foreign society.

 

This highly unusual and superbly built French Crystal Regulator clock was created on special order for Spaulding & Company, Paris & Chicago. Henry Spaulding was associated with Tiffany & Co. in 1871, became Tiffany's general representative in Europe, and in 1888 opened Spaulding & Co. in Chicago which became to that city what Tiffany & Co. were to New York City. It is quite possible Mr. Spaulding designed the very special heavy bronze and four glass case for this clock. The bronze sections are far heavier than usually seen and their convex/concave form may be unique to Spaulding. The unusual case facade features detached cast and chased fluted columns decorated in classical motifs. The architectural upper section features classic flaming urn finials complementing its centerpiece, and the beveled crystal sections are over 1/4' thick. All elements of the case exhibit the highest level of quality and craftsmanship. The eight day time and strike movement is by the famous French clockmaker 'Japy Freres' and also marked on the rear plate,'SPAULDING & Co., CHICAGO & PARIS', and, 'A1' indicating it is Japy's best quality movement. The movement also features rarely seen banking pins on the rear plate exterior to prevent the pendulum going out of beat when the clock is moved. The porcelain dial is finely done with original gold gilt pierced hands.

This most impressive clock is in excellent condition the bronze a lovely gold with laquer protective coating. The movement is in excellent condition with especially good pendulum amplitude and a lovely tone on the gong when striking hours and half hours.

Dimensions: clock height 15", width 7 1/2", depth 6 3/4"

 

Accompanying the clock is a large framed hand colored photographic double portrait of Minna and Ada Everleigh in Empress of China costume. The Everleigh sisters were known to like dressing in exotic costumes and decorating the rooms of their club in exotic themes with no expense spared to create magnificent environments for their customers. The portraits are in excellent condition within their original gilt frames.

Dimensions: frame width 22", height 15 1/5", images 13 1/2" x 9 1/2"

 

The last pieces in this group of artifacts are three complimentary aluminum coasters featuring printed pictures of Minna and Ada and an aluminum complimentary pin/dressing table tray celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Everleigh Club, 1905, with printed pictures of the Everleigh sisters, the club, and the occasion. It is interesting to note that aluminum was first developed as an industrial metal in the late nineteenth century and was considered rare miracle metal in 1905. Therefore it is no surprise the Everleigh sisters, offering the best of everything, would have their souvenirs fashioned from it. These pieces are in fine condition with excellent images, the tray only has a few handling marks and minor dents. Dimensions: tray 9" x 3", coasters 4" diameter

Please view the links below for history of the Everleigh club, interior views of the club, and a history of Spaulding & Company. For additional reading on the Everleigh Club.

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We are pleased to offer the following artifacts we believe are from the world famous 'Everleigh Club' which flourished in Chicago, Illinois from 1900 to 1911 and was, in that period, the most famous and fabulous bordello in the United States. The pieces are an especially beautiful and rare form of French 'Crystal Regulator' clock, a hand tinted original framed double photographic portrait of Minna and Ada Everleigh, and several guest souvenir items which were furnishings of the Everleigh Club. These items are believed to have passed down through descendants of the Everleigh sisters. The 'Club' was located at 2131-2133 South Dearborn St. Chicago, IL and was known to have been furnished in an truly magnificent manner with the finest decorative items money could buy. The 'Club' catered exclusively to the highest levels of American and foreign society. This highly unusual and superbly built French Crystal Regulator clock was created on special order for Spaulding & Company, Paris & Chicago. Henry Spaulding was associated with Tiffany & Co. in 1871, became Tiffany's general representative in Europe, and in 1888 opened Spaulding & Co. in Chicago which became to that city what Tiffany & Co. were to New York City. It is quite possible Mr. Spaulding designed the very special heavy bronze and four glass case for this clock. The bronze sections are far heavier than usually seen and their convex/concave form may be unique to Spaulding. The unusual case facade features detached cast and chased fluted columns decorated in classical motifs. The architectural upper section features classic flaming urn finials complementing its centerpiece, and the beveled crystal sections are over 1/4' thick. All elements of the case exhibit the highest level of quality and craftsmanship. The eight day time and strike movement is by the famous French clockmaker 'Japy Freres' and also marked on the rear plate,'SPAULDING & Co., CHICAGO & PARIS', and, 'A1' indicating it is Japy's best quality movement. The movement also features rarely seen banking pins on the rear plate exterior to prevent the pendulum going out of beat when the clock is moved. The porcelain dial is finely done with original gold gilt pierced hands. This most impressive clock is in excellent condition the bronze a lovely gold with laquer protective coating. The movement is in excellent condition with especially good pendulum amplitude and a lovely tone on the gong when striking hours and half hours. Dimensions: clock height 15", width 7 1/2", depth 6 3/4" Accompanying the clock is a large framed hand colored photographic double portrait of Minna and Ada Everleigh in Empress of China costume. The Everleigh sisters were known to like dressing in exotic costumes and decorating the rooms of their club in exotic themes with no expense spared to create magnificent environments for their customers. The portraits are in excellent condition within their original gilt frames. Dimensions: frame width 22", height 15 1/5", images 13 1/2" x 9 1/2" The last pieces in this group of artifacts are three complimentary aluminum coasters featuring printed pictures of Minna and Ada and an aluminum complimentary pin/dressing table tray celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Everleigh Club, 1905, with printed pictures of the Everleigh sisters, the club, and the occasion. It is interesting to note that aluminum was first developed as an industrial metal in the late nineteenth century and was considered rare miracle metal in 1905. Therefore it is no surprise the Everleigh sisters, offering the best of everything, would have their souvenirs fashioned from it. These pieces are in fine condition with excellent images, the tray only has a few handling marks and minor dents. Dimensions: tray 9" x 3", coasters 4" diameter Please view the links below for history of the Everleigh club, interior views of the club, and a history of Spaulding & Company. For additional reading on the Everleigh Club.

An excellent, historical, and rare offering for a private or public collection.

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