Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Japy Freres and Cie. Q: This blue Delft clock was given to me by an elderly friend in 1972. It is marked "Royal Bonn Delft" and "Bailey, Banks & Biddle, Philadelphia." On the back of the clock is a medallion that says "Japy Freres & Cie Grd Med. D'Honneur." Can you tell me about the clock?

A: Royal Bonn was the trade name used by Franz Anton Mehlem, who had a pottery in Bonn, Germany, from 1836 to 1931. Bailey, Banks & Biddle is a jewelry store founded in Philadelphia in 1832 that now has locations across the United States. The clock was probably sold at its Philadelphia store. Japy Freres & Cie. made the movement for your clock. The words "Grd Med. D'Honneur" indicate that Japy Freres was awarded the Grand Medal of Honor, the highest award, at the close of the Paris exposition in 1855. Your clock was probably made between 1855 and 1867, when another Exposition Universelle was held in Paris. It would sell for up to $600.

1 comment:

Lynda K said...

If there is a lable "made in France" on the clock, it is quite possible a Fake. It would have been labled made in France after WWII ( 1945) but by then the Royal Bonn Poreclain Company was already out of business. Royal Bonn was located in Bonn Germany right on the River Rhine.
God bless, sincerely Lynda Koch