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An extremely rare, gilded 'Sunburst' style, English Cartel fusee timepiece with original verge escapement. Limited time only.

A fine example of a very rare Georgian wall clock.

Stock No:   14323

The eight day duration, gut fusee movement with original verge-and-knife-edge escapement with a retaining apron. The tapered plates having four knopped pillars and the short, attached pendulum rod having an adjustable 'tear drop' bob and a transit housing hook.

Fixed to a twelve inch diameter, silvered brass dial with engraved and wax-filled Roman hour numerals within a minute circle and divisions. The above centre portion has the maker's signature "JOHN WICKES Cannon Street" and below centre the city "LONDON" - all well-executed and displays the matching hilted-heart shaped blued steel hands perfectly. The dial is behind a Sheraton style, polished, cast brass locking bezel with flat glass.

Mounted in a good and virtually undamaged, hand carved, gilt-wood, sunburst style case with the three dimensional rays tapering back towards the wall.

* It cannot be stressed enough how rare this clock is especially in such good and original condition. The gilding has been restored sympathetically and painstakingly with pure gold leaf to patch worn and blemished areas then toned down with a lacquer. The maker, John Wickes, was apprenticed in 1771 and was a liveryman of the Clockmakers Company in1784. He died in 1807 - probably only about 50 years old.

** The sunburst style of 'English Cartel' is the rarest of these clocks that were only made during a 15 year period. Most of them were later re-cased in typical 'English Dial' mahogany cases. To find a sunburst (also incorrectly called 'Starburst') example is rare and to find one that has not had the Verge escapement converted to Anchor Recoil is even rarer. No other example can be found for sale and I am considering withdrawing this clock or upgrading its market value considerably as I feel that I may regret selling it.

Dimensions:                                 28" wide x 28" high x 5" deep.

Condition:                                     Excellent and original with none of the casework missing.

Circa:                                             1780.

Provenance:                                  Purchased from a private collector in Wales.

Price:                                             £9,400.00. Overhauled with individual authentication label.

An extremely rare, gilded 'Sunburst' style, English Cartel fusee timepiece with original v
  • An extremely rare, gilded 'Sunburst' style, English Cartel fusee timepiece with original v
  • An extremely rare, gilded 'Sunburst' style, English Cartel fusee timepiece with original v
  • An extremely rare, gilded 'Sunburst' style, English Cartel fusee timepiece with original v
  • An extremely rare, gilded 'Sunburst' style, English Cartel fusee timepiece with original v
  • An extremely rare, gilded 'Sunburst' style, English Cartel fusee timepiece with original v
  • An extremely rare, gilded 'Sunburst' style, English Cartel fusee timepiece with original v
  • An extremely rare, gilded 'Sunburst' style, English Cartel fusee timepiece with original v
  • An extremely rare, gilded 'Sunburst' style, English Cartel fusee timepiece with original v
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