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A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.

This is a stunning and 'first quality' late 17th Century, bracket clock.

Stock No:   14275

The substantial eight day duration, double fusee movement has no less than eight ringed and latched pillars. It has a knife-edge Verge escapement and rack strikes the hours on a bell and repeats the quarters on a further two bells. The beautifully engraved backplate has a broad, wheat-ear border and is fully engraved with a floral scroll pattern except for an oval cartouche below the centre that carries the maker's name "Edw(ard) Burgis, Londini fecit". There is further engraving to the quarter bells mounting strap, the rise-and-fall regulation arm and on the Knibb style back cock. The delicate pendulum rod is carved and has a lenticular bob.

The 'Over-square' brass dial is latch fitted and measures 7 3/4" wide x 8 3/4" high. It has a silvered chapter ring with Roman hour numerals, inner quarter ring, embellished Tompion style half hour markings and Arabic 'fives' set within the minute ring and also an outer circle. The upper silvered subsidiary rings are for the " Strike" and "Not" setting hand on the left and the regulation hand with Arabic 'fives' numerals and inner graduated ring on the right. The chapter centres are finely matted, the main chapter has a curved and chamfered false bob aperture with an engraved backing and the lower portion has a square chamfered calendar date aperture. The wining holes are ringed and the four well executed hands are blued steel. The dial plate is sumptuously engraved throughout the outer portions with floral scroll-work and the upper centre has a plain cartouche that bears the signature of "Edw. Burgis. Londini fecit". The bottom corners of the dial have silvered, winged cherub spandrels.

The well proportioned walnut case is of good colour and veneered in Walnut oyster-wood. The caddy top has an elaborate, cast brass, swinging handle. All of the mouldings are cross grain and the side panels are glazed below cast brass sound frets within apertures, conforming to the front. The case is stood upon four circular, cast brass feet and the quarter repeat cord exits on the right side.

* Edward Burgis (sometimes Burges) married Patience Clement in St. Saviour's Church, Southwark in 1670. Patience was the sister of the famous clockmaker William Clement. Edward doesn't seem to have been in the Clockmakers Company however, he was held in high esteem and was requested to judge a clockmaking contest between two other clockmakers which he declined. Both he and his wife were still alive in 1713 (the year that Thomas Tompion died).

** This clock closely resembles examples produced by the highest skilled craftsmen including William Clement and Thomas Tompion indeed, it is very similar to Tompion's table clock numbered 205. Having eight movement pillars is astonishing and the steelwork under the dial is superb. It is probable that makers such as these collaborated and probably carried out work for one another. 'Over-Square' dials are usually only seen on clocks made from the early 1690's until about 1705 which was the 'no-man's land' between square and break-arch dials.

Dimensions:                  16" high (ex. handle) x 11 1/2" wide x 7" deep.

Circa:                             1695.

Condition:                      Superb.

Price:                             THIS IS NOW SOLD

A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.
  • A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.
  • A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.
  • A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.
  • A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.
  • A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.
  • A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.
  • A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.
  • A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.
  • A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.
  • A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.
  • A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.
  • A fine William III table clock by Edward Burgis of London. in a walnut oyster case. Circa 1695.
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