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Georgian mahogany, Verge bracket clock by Charles Bayles of London, for sale . Silvered break-arch dial Circa 1775.

An extremely handsome, original and well proportioned George III bracket clock.

Stock No:   14108

The eight day duration, five knopped pillar, double fusee movement. With original Verge escapement and rack striking and repeating the hours at will on a bell. Also having a well engraved backplate and backcock apron.

Behind a well executed, break-arch silvered and engraved brass dial of 6 3/4 inches width. The main chapter with inner and out rings having Roman numerals, minute ring and outer Arabic fives. The centre bearing the maker's signature: Charles Bayles (of) London, in script above and below the centre the lower portion of which has a square chamfered calendar date aperture. The arch having a strike/silent chapter and the dial corners and arch sides have flowing floral designs. Also having blued steel Serpentine hands.

Contained in a mahogany case of aesthetically pleasing proportions and good original colour and patina. The well figured bell top having a swinging brass handle and each corner bearing a cast brass 'Pineapple' finial. Followed by a returned well cut moulding above the full size break-arch doors with silk-backed brass fish scale frets within the quarters and the glazed aperture having edge moulding. A conforming moulding tops the short plinth and the case is raised on four cast brass, splayed feet. The case sides have brass rectangular silk-backed fish scale frets within the sound apertures and the repeating cord passes through the right hand side.

* These repeating clocks with a strike/silent feature were usually taken to the bedchamber at night and placed in silent mode with the selector hand in the arch. They would not then strike the hours and awaken the owner but he could simply pull the repeat cord in the darkness and the clock would strike the last hour. It is for this reason that they were fitted with the more robust 'Verge' escapement and even though there is a hook in which to place the pendulum during transit, it was rarely used as time would be lost so, the clock was grabbed by the top handle and carried up to bed - still ticking! Once seen, these clocks really fire the imagination as to their history and usage. This is well priced for a good example of an original clock that is becoming ever rarer.

** For looks and desires of a modest George III mahogany bracket clock, this example 'ticks' all the boxes. Aesthetically, the size, proportions, colour and patina could not be better. It has a five pillar striking movement with an engraved backplate and its original Verge escapement that beats steadily and positively letting its presence be known. The simple lines of the case are pleasing and the fresh, silvered dial gives a good contrast. Little is known of the maker other than he was working in 1775 but he was obviously of some talent. If a buyer wanted my advice on purchasing this clock, I would have no hesitation in recommending it; this clock is an extremely original piece and has retained an 'untouched' appearance which I consider very important and utterly desirable. I may keep it myself!

Dimensions:                                    20" high with the handle extended x 11" wide x 7 3/4" deep.

Circa:                                              1775.

Condition:                                        Excellent and well preserved.

Price:                                               £8,750.00.

Investment forecast:                        7  (please refer to our 'Buying for Investment' page for explanation).

Verge mahogany bracket clock for sale by Charles Bayles of London circa 1775.
  • Verge mahogany bracket clock for sale by Charles Bayles of London circa 1775.
  • Verge mahogany bracket clock for sale by Charles Bayles of London circa 1775.
  • Verge mahogany bracket clock for sale by Charles Bayles of London circa 1775.
  • Verge mahogany bracket clock for sale by Charles Bayles of London circa 1775.
  • Verge mahogany bracket clock for sale by Charles Bayles of London circa 1775.
  • Verge mahogany bracket clock for sale by Charles Bayles of London circa 1775.
  • Verge mahogany bracket clock for sale by Charles Bayles of London circa 1775.
  • Verge mahogany bracket clock for sale by Charles Bayles of London circa 1775.
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