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Georgian Bell top, fusee bracket or table clock. In an ebonised case circa 1775.

An attractive and well proportioned table clock.

Stock No:   14155

The eight day duration, five pillar, double gut fusee movement (now with Anchor Recoil escapement). Rack striking the hours on a bell and having pull repeat and silent features also, centre-sweep calendar work. The backplate being fully and well engraved with floral Rococo engraving in a symmetrical pattern.

Behind a 7" wide, brass break-arch dial with Rococo spandrels to the corners and arch, silvered chapter ring and Strike/Silent chapter to the arch. The main chapter ring having small inner Arabic numerals to indicate the calendar date, followed by large Roman hour numerals, minute ring and outer, Arabic five minute numerals. Both chapter centres are grained and silvered with compass points to the arch centre and the dial centre having Rococo floral pattern and a basket containing fruit to the lower part and a 'confident' maker's signature "James Smith (of) LONDON" to the upper part. Also having pierced, blued steel 'Serpentine' hands and an arrowhead date hand. Framed by a brass quadrant section moulding set within the front locking door.

Contained in a well embellished, ebonised fruitwood veneered oak 'Elaborated Bell top' case of splendid appearance. The top having an ebonised pedestal flanked by shaped brass plates and bearing a good quality brass Flambeau finial, the top corners also bear four identical finials. The case sides have swinging brass carrying handles to the upper portions above the concave top, cast brass, relief sound frets backed with red silk. The door quadrants having shaped matching frets flanking the arch. The moulded lower plinth is mounted upon four cast brass 'Ogee' shaped feet.

* The escapement to this clock can be reversed to Verge in a straight forward manner as the original holes for the potence's etc. have not been filled.This would of course however, affect the purchase price. Other than the 'improvement in accuracy', this clock is totally original and authentic - it is very rare for a clock such as this to retain its side sound frets, most have been replaced by glass to allow the beauty of the movement to be seen.

** These repeating clocks with a strike/silent feature were usually taken to the bedchamber at night and placed in silent mode using 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 originally 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 side handles and carried up to bed - still ticking! Once seen, these clocks really fire the imagination as to their history and usage, they were extremely expensive when made and could only be afforded by the wealthy. This is well-priced for a good example of an original clock that is becoming ever rarer.

*** Personally, I cannot fault this clock, if you are considering buying a genuine George III bracket clock then you would have difficulty matching this for value for money. We purchased it reasonably and are passing on the savings to the buyer. It is a stunning piece and one which would be hard to exceed. The maker - James Smith of London was one of several at the time but I feel confident that it was the maker based in Fleet Street as he was known for bracket and longcase clocks. He worked as a Freeman from 1775 until 1800.


Dimensions:                        22 1/2" to the top of the finial x 11" wide x 7 3/4" deep.

Circa:                                  1775.

Condition:                           Excellent.

Price:                                  £8,750.00.

Investment forecast:          5 (please refer to our 'Buying for Investment' page for explanation).

Georgian Bell top, fusee bracket or table clock. In an ebonised case circa 1775.
  • Georgian Bell top, fusee bracket or table clock. In an ebonised case circa 1775.
  • Georgian Bell top, fusee bracket or table clock. In an ebonised case circa 1775.
  • Georgian Bell top, fusee bracket or table clock. In an ebonised case circa 1775.
  • Georgian Bell top, fusee bracket or table clock. In an ebonised case circa 1775.
  • Georgian Bell top, fusee bracket or table clock. In an ebonised case circa 1775.
  • Georgian Bell top, fusee bracket or table clock. In an ebonised case circa 1775.
  • Georgian Bell top, fusee bracket or table clock. In an ebonised case circa 1775.
  • Georgian Bell top, fusee bracket or table clock. In an ebonised case circa 1775.
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