- Museum number
Mahogany Cased Mantel Clock.
Mahogany veneered soft-wood case with round top. The front panel with an inlaid string of satin? wood and with canted fluted pilasters at the sides. Base with moulded top and four brass button feet. The sides have oval cut-outs filled with pierced brass frets backed with red material. Hinged, glazed front bezel and a solid door at the back
The hinged brass bezel, with bevel-edge glass is attached to a circular brass plate with four feet pinned to the movement front plate. Silvered brass dial with an outer circle for minutes with triangle marks at the hours, surrounding hours I-XII. A winding hole above VI. Blued-steel spade-pattern hour and minute hands.
Spring-driven, eight-day movement with rectangular brass plates and four plain cylindrical pillars retained by pins at the front and screws at the back. Going barrel with winding ratchet mounted on the front plate. Five wheel going train, the wheels with four crossings. Platform club-tooth lever escapement with jewelled bearings for the escape wheel, lever and balance, those for the balance with endstones. Jewelled pallets and a ruby impulse stone. Spiral balance spring with an index mounted on the balance cock.
With the clock a brass butterfly handle winding key.
- Production date
Height: 31 centimetres (case)
Width: 21.50 centimetres (case)
Depth: 14.60 centimetres (case)
- Curator's comments
It has been suggested that the platform escapement is not original due to its altered attchment holes. The platform design is of a type found on Gillett and Johnston clocks according to Glanville & Wolmuth, though the crude fitting is not what would be expected on these high quality clocks.
The great arbor rear pivot hole has been extensively 'punched up'.
See 'Clockmaking in England and Wales in the Twentieth Century : the industrialized manufacture of domestic mechanical clocks' by John Glanville and William M. Wolmuth, Crowood Press , 2015 p 142 + 153
The present platform escapement is not original. The holes for attachment to the movement have been crudely elongated to allow for correct positioning and there are brass collar spacers between the platform and the top edges of the movement plates to achieve the correct position to engage with the contrate wheel.
The method of attaching the dial, dial-plate and bezel to the case has been altered. Now, replacing three wood screws, there are three bolts which pass right through the case front and are secured by washers and hexagonal nuts. Drilling the holes through has splt the wood away on the inside of the case.
- Not on display
- Latest: 4 (Nov 2010) dirty
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This clock is part of the Glanville and Wolmuth Collection, a comprehensive collection of twentieth century domestic mechanical factory-made clocks made in England and Wales.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 176 (Glanville & Wolmuth Collection)