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A Queen Anne, ebonised eight day longcase clock with a domed caddy top, made by William Moore, at 'The Ship', London circa 1710.

A lovely example of a good, early ebonised longcase clock.

Stock No:   14044

The eight day duration, five finned pillared movement, with internal countwheel hourly striking on a bell and having an Anchor Recoil escapement and matching brass cased, London weights.

Behind a twelve inch square brass dial with silvered chapter ring having Roman numerals, minute ring, an inner quarter ring, outer Arabic fives, half hour Fluer-de-Lys markings and four outer diamond markers. Also having a silvered subsidiary seconds ring, calendar date ring and oval makers cartouche below the centre bearing "W(illia)m. Moore (of) London. The dial centre being finely matted and having a chamfered and wheat-ear engraved square calendar aperture. The corners having well cast Indian's mask and scroll spandrels and edged all round with well executed wheat-ear engraving. Also having very finely pierced and carved blued steel hands of the finest quality.

Contained in an ebonised oak and pine, well proportioned case - the hood having a domed caddy and surmount top over a fine silk-backed scrolled front fret, integral pillars with giltwood capitals to the door and quarter pillars to the rear, pleasing mouldings and rectangular side inspection glasses. The trunk having a concave throat and full length door with half round edge moulding and a brass keyhole escutcheon. The plain, full size, conforming base is terminated with a typical London style double plinth.

* This is a classic looking clock, majestic in appearance and aesthetically perfect. The sheer 'Blackness' of the case is almost breathtaking! The quality of the dial and beautifully made hands serve to confirm the undoubted skill of the maker. William Moore is recorded as born circa 1679. He was apprenticed through Charles Gretton (a very fine clockmaker who's clocks now carry a significant premium) to Benjamin Johnson (circa 1693 to 1720, a maker of longcase clocks) and he gained his Freedom of the Clockmakers' Company in 1701. Recent research undertaken by Warner Meinen and Dennis Radage  as part of their 'Gretton Project', has identified the fact that William Moore was actually Charles Gretton's nephew. He moved into Gretton's premises at 'The Ship' and took on no less than three apprentices of his own. Gretton later left to take up residence at 2, Crane Court, next door. William Moore was signing clocks at this time with his own name (as opposed to working as a Journeyman for his uncle and signing Gretton's name). He continued making clocks at the ship until at least 1720 (aged 41). It is not known what then became of him.

** This clock, because of the style, proportions, the lack of a lenticle in the door and also the quality which is of typical London high grade, suggests that it was made about 1710 (Queen Anne period). You have the opportunity of purchasing an elite, living and authentic antique that is three centuries old!

Dimensions:                        89" high x 19 1/2" wide x 10 1/2" deep.

Circa about:                        1710.

Condition:                            Excellent. The case has previously had excellent restoration.

Price:                                   £9,500.00.

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

A good ebonised early longcase clock by William Moore circa 1710.
  • A good ebonised early longcase clock by William Moore circa 1710.
  • A good ebonised early longcase clock by William Moore circa 1710.
  • A good ebonised early longcase clock by William Moore circa 1710.
  • A good ebonised early longcase clock by William Moore circa 1710.
  • A good ebonised early longcase clock by William Moore circa 1710.
  • A good ebonised early longcase clock by William Moore circa 1710.
  • A good ebonised early longcase clock by William Moore circa 1710.
  • A good ebonised early longcase clock by William Moore circa 1710.
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