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Rocking ship automata longcase clock by Bugden of Sodbury. Circa 1815.

A very pretty automata longcase clock in good, original condition.

Stock No:   14310

The eight day duration movement with Anchor Recoil escapement - operating the continuous rocking of the ship automata. Rack striking the hours on a bell and having a 'through-the-plates' calendar date-wheel arbor.

The thirteen inch wide, break-arch, painted iron dial being fixed to the movement with a false-dial signed "WALKER & HUGHES" (Birmingham circa 1815 to 1835). The centre having outer, Arabic fives, minute track and inner, large, Arabic hour numerals. Also having subsidiary seconds and calendar dials and signed "R. Bugden (of) Sodbury (Gloucestershire)". The four polished brass hands are matching and ornately decorated and the dial corners are colourfully decorated and depicting wheat sheaves. Finally, the well executed arch shows Royal Navy ratings relaxing by the tower at Portsmouth Naval yard and the seascape beyond has a rocking ship in full sail, depicting Admiral Nelson's 'Victory' embarking on its journey to the battle of Trafalgar. The ship gently rocks to and fro with every swing of the pendulum.

The oak-with-mahogany case has a broken swan-necked pediment to the hood with brass paterea and ball-and-eagle finial, fluted pillars with brass Corinthian capitals and a wavy-edged mahogany door. The oak trunk has Cavetto end mouldings, a full-length door with shaped top, mahogany crossbanding and inlaid shell to the centre and fluted front corners. The plain base has further mahogany crossbanding and stands upon a shaped plinth incorporating feet. Inside the trunk door has a purchase receipt dating from 1960 (see photograph).

* I purchased this clock because I was drawn to its originality and condition. It is exactly what it is supposed to be - a simple yet attractive, functioning clock with automata. Simply put, it is - charming. The price that it was offered to me for is reflected in its extremely competitive retail price to you.

PROVENANCE:                            This clock has been in the Codrington family based in Gloucestershire for
                                                      many years. John Douglas Codrington inherited it from his aunt, Ethel
                                                      Codrington around 1980. The family had two pubs in Chipping Sodbury
                                                      and it is believed that this clock was situated in the 'Grapes of Wrath'
                                                      (now having a different name). The Codrington name is usually
                                                      associated with Sir Simon Codrington who lived at Doddington Hall and
                                                      has connections with Barbados where plantations were owned and an
                                                      ancestor was Governor.

Dimensions:                                  88 1/2" high x 19 3/4" wide x 9 3/4" deep.

Circa:                                            1815.

Condition:                                      Excellent.

Price:                                             £4,850.00. including total movement overhaul.

Rocking ship automata longcase clock by Bugden of Sodbury. Circa 1815.
  • Rocking ship automata longcase clock by Bugden of Sodbury. Circa 1815.
  • Rocking ship automata longcase clock by Bugden of Sodbury. Circa 1815.
  • Rocking ship automata longcase clock by Bugden of Sodbury. Circa 1815.
  • Rocking ship automata longcase clock by Bugden of Sodbury. Circa 1815.
  • Rocking ship automata longcase clock by Bugden of Sodbury. Circa 1815.
  • Rocking ship automata longcase clock by Bugden of Sodbury. Circa 1815.
  • Rocking ship automata longcase clock by Bugden of Sodbury. Circa 1815.
  • Rocking ship automata longcase clock by Bugden of Sodbury. Circa 1815.
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