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Georgian bell top bracket clock by Richard Comber of Lewes. Circa 1780.

An extremely aesthetically pleasing, good table clock by this well known and highly collected maker.

Stock No:   14366

The double fusee, five pillar movement now with Anchor Recoil escapement and rack and star wheel striking the hours on a top-mounted bell. The fixing brackets are nicely shaped and the substantial pendulum has a heavy lenticular bob with top-adjusting micrometer regulation. The brackets, backcock, pendulum bob and the backplate are all engraved with a symmetrical floral design and the plate bears the maker's signature of "Rich(ar)d Comber (of) Lewes".

The 7" wide break-arch brass dial is extremely thick. It has cast and gilded Rococo spandrels to the corners and arch. The arch has a fine, silvered, strike/silent chapter ring with the centre being matted and having an arrow shaped steel selector hand. The main dial has a silvered chapter ring with small Arabic fives, divided minute track and low Roman hour numerals. The finely matted centre has a lower rectangular calendar date aperture and an upper, curved 'axehead' shaped aperture backed with the silvered maker's nameplate with conforming signature. The hands are steel 'open diamond' shaped.

The ebonised, bell-top case has a cast brass swinging handle to the top and four cast brass pineapple finials to the corners. There is a returned moulding over the full-size locking doors the front of which has brass quadrant framing to the glazing. The upper quarters have cloth backed, brass frets. The case sides have tall break-arch conforming brass frets that are also framed with quadrant. The short plinth has a moulded top and short, cast brass Ogee feet.

* Richard Comber is listed as a "Good maker". He was born in 1742 and died in 1824 (82 years old). Clocks by this maker are considered fine and are highly collected.

Dimensions:                   18 1/4" high excluding the handle x 11" wide x 7 3/4" deep.

Circa:                              1780.

Condition report:             The movement has had its Verge escapement replaced with an Anchor Recoil
                                        escapement for greater accuracy. The clock has been knocked which has bent
                                        one of the fixing brackets slightly and chipped the right hand edge of the wooden
                                        dial surround. Both door locks are present and working. The movement is in full
                                        working order but would benefit from a complete overhaul. The minute hand tip
                                        has been replaced and the dial silverware would be greatly enhanced if it was
                                        re-waxed and silvered also, a new diamond tip to the minute hand would
                                        transform it.

Price:                               £6,000 in its present condition. Any work required by us can be discussed and a
                                        price given. Please note, the full retail, restored price of this clock would be
                                        around £14,000.

Georgian bell top bracket clock by Richard Comber of Lewes. Circa 1780.
  • Georgian bell top bracket clock by Richard Comber of Lewes. Circa 1780.
  • Georgian bell top bracket clock by Richard Comber of Lewes. Circa 1780.
  • Georgian bell top bracket clock by Richard Comber of Lewes. Circa 1780.
  • Georgian bell top bracket clock by Richard Comber of Lewes. Circa 1780.
  • Georgian bell top bracket clock by Richard Comber of Lewes. Circa 1780.
  • Georgian bell top bracket clock by Richard Comber of Lewes. Circa 1780.
  • Georgian bell top bracket clock by Richard Comber of Lewes. Circa 1780.
  • Georgian bell top bracket clock by Richard Comber of Lewes. Circa 1780.
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