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A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 1750.

A nice example of a George II period table clock in exceptionally good and original condition.

The double gut fusee, six pillar movement with Verge Recoil escapement and attached pendulum. Also having rack and star-wheel striking and repeating of the hours on a top-mounted bell. The movement fixing brackets, backcock, apron, silent return spring and the backplate are all very well and profusely engraved with a symmetrical floral design.

The crisp 7" wide break-arch brass dial has cast and gilded Rococo spandrels to the corners and arch. The arch has a silvered, strike/silent chapter ring with the centre being matted and having a shaped steel selector hand. The main dial has a silvered chapter ring with outer Arabic fives, divided minute track and low Roman hour numerals. The finely matted centre has an upward curved false pendulum aperture with a silvered rose design bob. The lower centre has a square, chamfered calendar date aperture and a silvered and arched nameplate bearing "Laur(enc)e Mace (of) London. The blued steel hands are of typical shaped design.

The ebonised, inverted bell-top case has a cast brass swinging handle to the top. There is a returned moulding over the full-size locking door which has quadrant  moulded side corners, this is repeated to the rear. The case sides have concave-top rectangular and circular glazed apertures. The short plinth has a moulded top and short, moulded block feet. The strike repeat pull exits the case through the base.

* These repeating clocks with a strike/silent feature were usually taken to the bedchamber at night and placed in silent mode using the selector hand in the arch. The clock would not then strike the hours and awaken the owner but he could simply pull the repeat cord in the darkness and the clock would strike the last hour. It is for this reason that they were originally fitted with the more robust 'Verge' escapement and even though there is a 'holdfast' in which to place the pendulum during transit, it was rarely used as time would be lost so, the clock was grabbed by the handle and carried up to bed - still ticking! Once seen, these clocks really fire the imagination as to their history and usage, they were extremely expensive when made and could only be afforded by the wealthy. This is well-priced for a good example of an original clock that is becoming ever rarer.

Laurence Mace was apprenticed in 1732 and a member of the Clockmaker's Company from 1742 to 1752.

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

Circa:                              1750.

Condition report:             I have worked extensively on this clock such as on the escapement and the
                                        striking under-dial and date work. The movement is in full and reliable working
                                        order but would benefit from a complete overhaul. Both door locks are original
                                        and now working. The movement and dial are extremely crisp and the case is in
                                        good, original condition whilst having an aged look.

Price:                               £5,500 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 £11,000.

A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 175
  • A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 175
  • A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 175
  • A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 175
  • A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 175
  • A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 175
  • A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 175
  • A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 175
  • A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 175
  • A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 175
  • A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 175
  • A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 175
  • A mid 18th century, ebonised bracket clock with verge escapement by Laurence Mace, London. Circa 175
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