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A Georgian mahogany table clock with Verge escapement, fan inlay and Alarum. Made by James Smith of London. Circa 1780

A beautiful and exceptional Bracket clock in superb condition.

Stock No:   14331

The eight day duration, five pillar, double fusee movement with its original Verge escapement. Also having rack striking on a bell with hour trip repeat, a pull-wind alarum, calendar date-work, pendulum holdfast and fully engraved backplate, alarum winding cover, back cocks and apron in floral Rococo style.

Behind a 7" wide, brass break-arch dial with well-cast gilt brass corner and arch Rococo style spandrels, a silvered Strike/Silent subsidiary ring to the arch with finely matted centre and blued steel setting hand, silvered chapter ring with Roman numerals, minute track and outer, Arabic fives and the finely matted centre also having a lower, square chamfered calendar aperture above the numeral VI, a silvered central alarum setting disc with Arabic numerals and inset, silvered maker's plate bearing "James Smith (of) London" in fine script and set behind a conforming and large 'Axe head' shaped and chamfered aperture to the upper portion of the centre. The hour and minute hands are Serpentine style, blued steel.

Contained in a delightful and superior mahogany case. The well-figured bell top has a brass swinging carrying handle and the four top corners have cast brass pineapple finials. The well-formed top edge moulding sits nicely over the door that is flanked with brass reeded, fluted, canted corner supports that terminate in 'lambs ear' tops and scrolled bottoms. The door has brass quadrant inner framing and inlaid fan top corners. The sides have arched top brass 'fish scale' sound frets that are backed with red silk and the lower plinth sits upon four cast brass, elaborate OG feet.

* Originally, these clocks could be carefully carried from room to room still ticking as to not lose any time because of their very robust 'Verge' escapement with attached pendulum or more importantly, to the bed chamber at night whereas the silent option would be selected so the sleeper would not be awoken at each and every hour. Should the time be required during the hours of darkness then a simple tug on the trip repeat cord would sound the last hour passed also, the alarum could be set to any time.

** A maker of this name is recorded working at Fleet Street, London from 1775 until 1800 and was known as a maker of Longcase and Bracket clocks. This is a superior example of wonderful colour and patination, it also retains it's original polished surface that has cleaned and revived to a very high standard. Aesthetically this clock probably cannot be surpassed.

Dimensions:                             22 1/2" high including handle x 13" wide x 8 1/4" deep.

Circa:                                        1780.

Condition:                                 Superb and wholly original.

Price:                                         £14,000.00.

A Georgian mahogany table clock with Verge escapement, fan inlay and Alarum.
  • A Georgian mahogany table clock with Verge escapement, fan inlay and Alarum.
  • A Georgian mahogany table clock with Verge escapement, fan inlay and Alarum.
  • A Georgian mahogany table clock with Verge escapement, fan inlay and Alarum.
  • A Georgian mahogany table clock with Verge escapement, fan inlay and Alarum.
  • A Georgian mahogany table clock with Verge escapement, fan inlay and Alarum.
  • A Georgian mahogany table clock with Verge escapement, fan inlay and Alarum.
  • A Georgian mahogany table clock with Verge escapement, fan inlay and Alarum.
  • A Georgian mahogany table clock with Verge escapement, fan inlay and Alarum.
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