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A fine ebonised, bell-top table clock by Francis Atkins circa 1770.

A fine and handsome bracket clock.

Stock No:   14325

The substantial, five knopped pillar, double gut fusee movement with it's original Verge escapement and detached pendulum. Having a brass lenticular bob and regulated by a well executed, rise-and-fall with the spring suspension passing between two fixed chops. Rack striking the hours on a large polished bell and repeating at will with added strike/silent feature.  The beautifully and fully scroll-engraved backplate also having a sprung locking bracket for transit.

Behind a fine, 7" wide, brass break-arch dial. The silvered chapter ring having Roman numerals within the minute ring and outer, Arabic 5's. The arch having two subsidiary chapters for the Strike/Silent and incremental regulation. The upper mid section of the arch has a shaped 'axe head' aperture that bears the silvered maker's plate inscribed "Francis Atkins (of) London" in fine script. The arch backplate is engraved and the three chapter centres have fine matting with the main lower having a square chamfered calendar date aperture. The four dial corners have gilded Rococo style spandrels and the hands are well cut and blued steel.

Contained in an ebonised fruitwood veneered oak case. The bell top has a swinging brass carrying handle of bow design, the four top corners have brass pineapple finials, the well moulded locking doors have quadrant edges terminating in lambs ears and arch quarters carrying brass spandrels. The sides have brass, fish-scale frets backed with red silk and fitted to circular and conforming rectangular apertures.

* Francis Atkins was master of the Clockmaker's Company in 1780. He was the father of George Atkins  of 'Brockbank and Atkins' fame and was an eminent maker in his own right. The beautifully balanced dial of this clock is clearly the work of a fine Clockmaker. Inside the case was found an oval miniature of George Atkins signed by Mrs. Irvine Boswell - a relation of the noted biographer of Samuel Johnson, she may well have been the owner of this clock at some stage in which case it would be possible to trace its journey to one of the fine estates in Scotland.

Dimensions:                                 20" high including handle x 11" wide x 7 1/2" deep.

Circa:                                            1770.

Condition:                                     Excellent and very original. Awaiting overhaul.

Price:                                             £12,500.00.

A fine ebonised, bell-top table clock by Francis Atkins circa 1770.
  • A fine ebonised, bell-top table clock by Francis Atkins circa 1770.
  • A fine ebonised, bell-top table clock by Francis Atkins circa 1770.
  • A fine ebonised, bell-top table clock by Francis Atkins circa 1770.
  • A fine ebonised, bell-top table clock by Francis Atkins circa 1770.
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