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A good, Verge escapement, ebonised bracket clock by Charles Haley. Circa 1781.

An aesthetically pleasing table clock by a famous maker.

Stock No:   14175

The eight day duration, five pillar, double fusee movement with Verge escapement, rise-and-fall regulation, strike/silent feature, rack striking the hours on a high note bell and pull repeating the hours at will. Also having sprung pendulum holdfast and a fully engraved backplate depicting an oriental stream bridge, surrounded with floral Rococo style design.

Behind a 7 3/4" wide, painted brass 'Flat Ogee' arched dial. The chapter having Roman hour numerals and outer Arabic fives intersected by the fine minute ring. Also having a further, outer ring. The centre bearing the maker's signature of "CHA(RLE).s HALEY (of) LONDON". The double Ogee shaped arch bearing the rise-and-fall and STRIKE/SILENT chapters. The yellowed base paint having wonderful craquelure finish and in excellent condition except for two areas of repair at the positions of the top dial feet. The well executed blued steel hands are of a style typically used by Haley.

Contained in an ebonised fruitwood veneered oak, bell top case of pleasing proportions and style. Carrying classic style mouldings, having front and rear glazed and locking doors with red silk-backed brass spandrels to the upper quarterlights. The sides having upper glazed circular apertures with conforming lower rectangular apertures and the front door being side-edged with brass bar and the dial aperture carrying brass quadrant framing. The top bearing a brass 'bow' style swinging handle, the top corners having four brass acorn finials and the base mounted upon four brass Ogee feet.

* 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.

** This style of table clock is among my favourites, the almost monolith proportions and flat arched dial are to me, quite striking. It is not unusual for the backplate to bear no signature during the late 18th century but the style of this clock and above average quality of the movement indicate that it is indeed by a superior maker.

*** Charles Haley is listed as working from 7 Wigmore Street, London. He was apprenticed in 1762 and was a member of the Clockmakers Company from 1781 to 1825. He is regarded as a famous maker.
Wigmore Street is in the City of Westminster, in the West End of London. The street runs for about 600 yards parallel and to the north of Oxford Street between Portman Square to the west and Cavendish Square to the east. He was admitted to the 'Honorary freedom' of the Clockmakers' Company in 1781. He was a celebrated maker and patented a remontoir escapement for chronometers. He was also one of the experts appointed by the Parliamentary Committee in 1793 to report on Thomas Mudge's chronometers.

Dimensions:                              18 3/4" high excluding handle x 11 1/2" wide x 7" deep.

Circa:                                         1781.

Condition:                                   Excellent. Awaiting movement overhaul.

Price:                                          £9,250.00.

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

Rare Verge escapement bracket clock by Charles Haley of Wigmore Street, London. Circa 1781.
  • Rare Verge escapement bracket clock by Charles Haley of Wigmore Street, London. Circa 1781.
  • Rare Verge escapement bracket clock by Charles Haley of Wigmore Street, London. Circa 1781.
  • Rare Verge escapement bracket clock by Charles Haley of Wigmore Street, London. Circa 1781.
  • Rare Verge escapement bracket clock by Charles Haley of Wigmore Street, London. Circa 1781.
  • Rare Verge escapement bracket clock by Charles Haley of Wigmore Street, London. Circa 1781.
  • Rare Verge escapement bracket clock by Charles Haley of Wigmore Street, London. Circa 1781.
  • Rare Verge escapement bracket clock by Charles Haley of Wigmore Street, London. Circa 1781.
  • Rare Verge escapement bracket clock by Charles Haley of Wigmore Street, London. Circa 1781.
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