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Tavern clock by James Barfoot of Wimbourn (Wimborne, Dorset). Having a mahogany case. Circa 1790.

A rare and very original weight driven Tavern clock for sale.

Stock No:   14223

The eight day duration, weight driven, five wheel movement with tapered plates, four knopped pillars, Anchor Recoil escapement, a single spoke half-ring counterweight for the minute hand and its original square lead weight. Also having preparatory holes should passing strike ever wished to be fitted (see later comments).

Contained in a mahogany case of good colour and patina and its original French Polish finish. The 20" diameter wooden dial having the majority of its original and crazed cream base paint with the outer Arabic minute numeral band having been over-painted during a historical repair but now meticulously corrected by us to conserve the whole with craquelure finish (the pictures show before and after shots). The dial also has black Roman hour numerals, minute dots and the maker's name "JAMES BARFOOT" of "WIMBOURN" (the old spelling for Wimborne in Dorset) across the centre. Also having typical of the period, matching pierced hands and a finely turned, moulded mahogany surround.

The well-figured flame mahogany trunk has a full-length concave top locking door, strung and crossbanded around the edges and an inlaid exotic shell to the centre.

Pasted inside the door is a hand written page that states:

"CIRCA 1780.
JAMES BARFOOT.
THIS CLOCK WAS MADE BY THE ABOVE AT WIMBORNE IN DORSET. THERE IS A CLEANERS MARK ON IT, CLEANED BY ONE ALFRED HYDE AT SARUM (Salisbury Wilts) ON 6.11.1885. IT BELONGED TO LLEWELLYN FOSTER LOYD 1861 - 1939 AND HUNG IN HIS STUDY AT LILLESDEN FRITH HAWKHURST WHERE IT WAS FIRST SEEN BY ME (Signature difficult to read) 27.12.1953."

The front corners are reeded and straight canted with 'Lamb's ear' terminations. Within the trunk front is further stringing and also a swag inlay above the door. A moulded strip edges the bottom edge and the base is a sharp chisel with a fan inlaid regulation flap. The back box has an architectural top to allow the fitting of a bell.

* The movement has positional holes for a bell stand, hammer, hammer spring and hammer stop to allow the future fitting of passing strike (One-at-the-hour) a relatively simple matter however, none of these parts have ever been fitted, the cannon pinion has never had a pin and the doors have not been fretted to allow the sound to escape. The fitting was not carried out, presumably, because the sound may be considered annoying and because it is a 'Tavern Clock', beer may have been thrown at it!

** Tavern clocks are rare especially in original condition, this clock is particularly rare because it was made and almost certainly situated in Wimborne. Little is known of the maker other than he worked from 1760 until 1793. He had signed up to the local Militia in 1796 and is described as being 5' 6" Tall and having four children.

*** This is a truly beautiful timepiece and remains unbleached by sunlight. I would be very happy if it ended up back in its home town.

Dimensions:                                     52" high x 22" wide x 7.5" deep.

Circa:                                               1790.

Condition:                                         Very original.

Price:                                                £8,500.00.

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

Tavern clock by James Barfoot of Wimbourn (Wimbourne, Dorset). Having a mahogany case. Circa 1790.
  • Tavern clock by James Barfoot of Wimbourn (Wimbourne, Dorset). Having a mahogany case. Circa 1790.
  • Tavern clock by James Barfoot of Wimbourn (Wimbourne, Dorset). Having a mahogany case. Circa 1790.
  • Tavern clock by James Barfoot of Wimbourn (Wimbourne, Dorset). Having a mahogany case. Circa 1790.
  • Conserved dial of James Barfoot Tavern clock.
  • Tavern clock by James Barfoot of Wimbourn (Wimbourne, Dorset). Having a mahogany case. Circa 1790.
  • Tavern clock by James Barfoot of Wimbourn (Wimbourne, Dorset). Having a mahogany case. Circa 1790.
  • Tavern clock by James Barfoot of Wimbourn (Wimbourne, Dorset). Having a mahogany case. Circa 1790.
  • Tavern clock by James Barfoot of Wimbourn (Wimbourne, Dorset). Having a mahogany case. Circa 1790.
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