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Verge bracket clock by Francis Perigal of London. Extremely original with an early silvered dial. circa 1765.

A good example of an unassuming table clock by this highly regarded maker.

Stock No:   14154

The eight day duration double fusee, five pillar movement with verge escapement, rise and fall regulation, rack striking and pull repeating the hours on a large, high note bell. Also, strike/silent feature, pendulum hold-fast and a fully engraved backplate of floral Rococo design with a centre cartouche area bearing the maker's signature "Fran(ci)s Perigal (of) London" in script font.

Behind a 7" wide, single sheet and plain, silvered break-arch brass dial. The engraved and wax-filled chapter bordered by rings and having Roman hour numerals and Arabic five minute numerals separated by the minute ring within. The dial centre has a curved 'false bob' aperture in the upper portion and a square calendar date aperture to the lower portion, both chamfered. The arch has subsidiary chapters for the strike/silent setter and the rise and fall regulation adjustment with the maker's signature positioned between them. The four carved and pierced hands are of blued steel.

Contained in an ebonised fruitwood veneered oak case with a well proportioned, inverted 'Bell top'. The summit having a well cast polished brass swinging 'bow' handle and the four corners bearing ornate urn brass finials. There is a returned concave moulding above the locking doors, both with quarter lights and the front door having quadrant brass framing to the apertures and round brass beading to the side edges. The Cavetto moulded plinth being mounted upon four brass Ogee feet. The side circular-over-rectangular sound apertures being glazed.

* Both father and son 'Francis Perigal' are considered to be equally good makers, they worked together and both became Masters of The Clockmaker's Company. Clocks by these makers are sought after and are always of superior quality. They worked at Threadneedle Street and the Royal Exchange areas of London. The Perigals were a celebrated family of Horologists who went on to form three successful businesses. The dynasty was started by Francis senior in 1740 at the Royal Exchange. He was succeeded by his son and grandson. Francis senior was elected Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1775.

** This is quite early to have a break-arch silvered dial but certainly original and actually, ground-breaking as it was an attempt to move away from the traditional brass dial towards dials that had more clarity. They eventually led on to painted dials about 1772.

***I rescued this lovely clock because it has not had the best care and maintenance in recent years. With great care, I can return it to its former glory before irreparable damage occurs to it. The restored price is very reasonable and it will only be sold to a fitting custodian. The silvered dial was developed for greater clarity of the time indication, the early developers of this idea were bold to produce something so different in appearance and this clock is important because it is so early for such a dial. The silvered dials caused the eventual development of white enamel and then painted variations.

**** 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. The clock 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 sprung 'holdfast' in which to place the pendulum during transit, it was rarely used as time would be lost so, the clock was grabbed by the handle 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.

Dimensions:                            18 1/4" high excluding handle x 11" wide x 7 1/2" deep.

Circa:                                       1765.

Condition:                                 Extremely original and awaiting movement overhaul.

Price:                                        £12,850.00 (when restored).

Investment forecast:                 6  (please refer to our 'Buying for Investment' page for explanation.

Verge bracket clock by Francis Perigal of London. Extremely original with an early silvered dial. ci
  • Verge bracket clock by Francis Perigal of London. Extremely original with an early silvered dial. ci
  • Verge bracket clock by Francis Perigal of London. Extremely original with an early silvered dial. ci
  • Verge bracket clock by Francis Perigal of London. Extremely original with an early silvered dial. ci
  • Verge bracket clock by Francis Perigal of London. Extremely original with an early silvered dial. ci
  • Verge bracket clock by Francis Perigal of London. Extremely original with an early silvered dial. ci
  • Verge bracket clock by Francis Perigal of London. Extremely original with an early silvered dial. ci
  • Verge bracket clock by Francis Perigal of London. Extremely original with an early silvered dial. ci
  • Verge bracket clock by Francis Perigal of London. Extremely original with an early silvered dial. ci
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