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Dial of a Thirty-Hour Longcase Clock
Re-used square solid single sheet brass dial plate, with originally four lugs (three now missing, two holes each at XI, V and VII) for fixing to a posted frame movement. Originally with four spandrels, now missing and the fixing holes plugged. The spandrel spaces are now engraved with a central eight-petal flower head on a solid background within a decorated circular border; foliage each side with four berries; and hatched lozenge above and below. The engraving filled with black wax.
The original chapter ring is now missing - thereare four plugged holes for the chapter ring feet at III, VI, IX and XII. The later engraved chapter ring has Roman hours I-XII and no half-hour marks within a minute circle calibrated 0-60 with inverted solid triangles at five minute intervals. Around the outside, the circle is numered at five minute intervals, 5-60. Within this a single circle encloses the cemtral area engraved with symmetrical acanthus decoration.
A later small square date aperture wityh chamfered edges has been cut through the engraving above VI. On the back there are two rollers pinned to studs lower left and right and a locating lug in the upper centre which carried the date ring (now missing). A hole above left of date aperture was probably for a post for a date wheel, all now missing.
The maker's name and place are engraved on the chapter ring between 25 and 35 minute marks:
- Production date
Height: 28.30 centimetres
Thickness: 2 millimetres
Width: 28.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The area inside the chapter ring is decorated with an engraved symmetrical acanthus foliage pattern from an earlier period, c.1710 suggesting the re-use of an earlier dial which had applied spandrels and chapter ring.
The dial was probably once silvered.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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