Oak, mahogany, brass and enamel
2250 x 530 x 255 mmOrder this image
Wightwick Manor, West Midlands (Accredited Museum)
Eight day English longcase clock in oak case, Anonymous, c.1810 Two train, four pillar movement with anchor escapement and rack hour striking on bell. Cast iron weights. 13” white-painted break-arch dial with painted oval scene in arch depicting a seated female figure with a dog. Painted spandrel decoration with oval fan motif. Arabic numerals and quarters and with seconds and calendar dials in plain (apparently unsigned) dial centre. Pierced blued-steel hands. Oak case with mahogany veneered panels and crossbanding. Scroll pediment hood with three brass finials and fluted columns with brass capitals to sides. No locking device to hood or hood door. Unusual square quarter columns to sides of trunk. Rectangular trunk door with shaped top and small inlaid oval panel to centre and pressed brass escutcheon. Square base with canted front edges and small inlaid oval panel in centre, and low skirting below, with feet. Inside the trunk is a casemaker’s label signed: “Richard Edwards, Clock case maker…(indecipherable)” (as recorded in 1995, but now all indecipherable and paper very dark with stain). It is most unusual to find the trade label of a clock case maker in a clock case and this is (was) a very rare and interesting example.