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Georgian triple pad-top bracket clock with a rare enamel and brass dial. Circa 1785.

An extremely handsome table clock with a transitional dial that is simply 'a touch of class'.

The eight day duration, 5 knopped pillar, double gut fusee movement that rack strikes the hours on a tuned bell. Originally having a Verge escapement but now having a well-executed Anchor Recoil escapement. Also having pull-cord strike repeating and a strike/silent feature. The backplate, back cock, apron and strike/silent return spring all engraved with profuse 'High Rococo' style engraving with the backplate also depicting a basket of fruit  and a central area that bears the maker's signature of "Coleman (of) London".

Behind a 7 inch wide brass break-arch transitional dial with Rococo corner and arch spandrels and white enamel-on-copper circular dials. The main dial having black Roman numerals, an inner ring, minute ring and outer, Arabic 5's. The subsidiary circular dial to the arch having "STRIKE" and "SILENT" with a brass selector hand. The main hands are also brass and of heart-end design.

Contained in a well-constructed, ebonised oak case. The break-arch top having triple raised pads with polished brass quarter edging and the central pad being surmounted by an ornate brass swinging handle. The top is finely moulded and over the main case with brass inlaid cants to all four corners of the front and rear full-size, locking, glazed doors the front of which being brass framed . The sides have full height, arched top, glazed apertures also brass framed. The brass framed plinth is mounted with an elaborated Cavetto top moulding and is sat upon four, moulded brass, block feet.

* Having features from traditional brass dials but with applied circular enamel dials makes this clock transitional. It is an extremely handsome example and this style has always been popular. It is in fine condition and if required, could be re-converted back to Verge escapement. Fortunately, the original back-cock apron has been retained and is still in place. Though the Anchor recoil escapement was widely used at the time that this clock was made, the Verge escapement was used as it was much more robust and the clock could literally be carried carefully whilst still ticking to the bedchamber at night without losing any time. The silent feature would then be used so as not to wake the sleeper every hour but should the time be required, the repeat cord could be pulled to sound the last hour. This is a relatively early example of a transitional dial table clock because of the complexity and detail taken over the backplate engraving.

** The maker was probably 'John Coleman' who is recorded as working from Tottenham Court Road circa 1781 to 1785.

Dimensions:                                 18" high including handle x 10" wide x 7" deep.

Circa:                                           1785.

Condition:                                     Excellent.

Price:                                            £12,750 with present escapement.

Georgian triple pad-top bracket clock with a rare enamel and brass dial. Circa 1785.
  • Georgian triple pad-top bracket clock with a rare enamel and brass dial. Circa 1785.
  • Georgian triple pad-top bracket clock with a rare enamel and brass dial. Circa 1785.
  • Georgian triple pad-top bracket clock with a rare enamel and brass dial. Circa 1785.
  • Georgian triple pad-top bracket clock with a rare enamel and brass dial. Circa 1785.
  • Georgian triple pad-top bracket clock with a rare enamel and brass dial. Circa 1785.
  • Georgian triple pad-top bracket clock with a rare enamel and brass dial. Circa 1785.
  • Georgian triple pad-top bracket clock with a rare enamel and brass dial. Circa 1785.
  • Georgian triple pad-top bracket clock with a rare enamel and brass dial. Circa 1785.
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