A very large and fine nineteenth-century rosewood and tortoiseshell bracket clock. The beautifully figured rosewood case is bordered with ebonised mouldings, inlaid with tortoiseshell and banded with boxwood. The arched pediment is surmounted by three gilded pineapple finials,
The clock has an extremely good, eight day triple fuseé four pillar movement with anchor escapement, it chimes the quarters either, "Whittington" on eight bells or "Westminster chimes" on four gongs and it strikes the hours on a single large gong. The movement is in beautiful original condition retaining its original brushed brass finish with all steel parts bright polished, while the five gongs are blued steel, all of which is visible through the large side and rear windows of the case. The movement is intended to be viewed through these windows and the quality reflects this intention.
The arched face has an engraved silvered brass chapter ring with matte gilt centre and Roman numerals, it also has a subsidiary dial above for selecting either Westminster or Whittington chimes. Under this there is a small level to silence the chimes. This dial is set amongst gilt brass foliate spandrels within the arch of the door and spandrels centred by female masks to the bottom.
There is a second smaller subsidiary dial above the clock face to adjust for fast/slow running, which is only visible when the main door is open.
English, circa 1880.
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Listed Price: £7,400 (+VAT where applicable)