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Eight day spring driven table clock with alarm and age and phase of moon indication.
The case is in ebonized veneer on oak carcase and of bell-top style. Gilt-brass cast mounts; caryatids at the front corners; rococo motif on the lower section of the bell-top; handle on top and square moulded gilts brass feet. Wood frets on the sides of the clock and also completing the corners of the break-arch dial.
Break arch dial with single brass dial plate, with the square section gilded and the arch section silvered. A single engraved line borders the dial plate. The gilded square section has rococo spandrels and is matted within the chapter ring. A dummy pendulum aperture is just above the hand-boss. A date aperture is just above the VI hour numeral. Winding holes are level with the hand-boss. The dummy pendulum, date & winding holes all have a simple single-line engraved border.
The chapter ring is silvered and engraved with black wax infill with; minutes 5–60 in 5 minute increments in Arabic numerals; minute track arched in the Flemish style; hours I-XII in Roman numerals, floral half-hour markers, quarter-hour track with outward-facing arrows at the hours and inward-facing arrows at the half hours. Alarm disk in silvered brass with black wax infill with; hours 1-12 in Arabic, half-hour track with outward-facing arrows at the hours.
The silvered arched area is engraved in-filled with black wax with a cloud and moon-rays design. It contains an aperture for the rolling-moon and a small aperture above that for the age of moon. The rolling moon is painted and the age of moon is silvered, engraved and in-filled with black wax with Arabic numerals.
Blued-steel hour and minute hands.
The structure is formed of rectangular brass plates joined with five knopped, pinned pillars. The back plate, back-cock guard and repeat pulley engraved with foliate strap-work.
The clock has two spring-driven trains with fusees and alarm. The going train has four wheels including the escape wheel, verge and crown-wheel escapement and short bob pendulum, the bob being in the form of a tassel. The striking train with four wheels plus fly. Dutch striking on two bells, enabled by a shunt mechanism which switches the engagement of the two hammer tails on hammer pins that extend both sides of the pinwheel. The alarm is charged by a pulley that is mounted outside the back plate.
The clock was acquired with a winding key and an additional mainspring.
- Production date
- c. 1750
Height: 52.40 centimetres
Width: 30.20 centimetres
Depth: 18.80 centimetres
- Not on display
- Latest: 3 (May 2018)
- Acquisition date
- jan 2011
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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