Oak, enamel, ivory, ormolu, stained horn, brass, steel, glass, gilt brass and bell-metal
95 x 51.5 x 20 cm
Place of origin
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Vyne Estate, Hampshire (Accredited Museum)
14 day French striking table clock in stained-horn veneered case, by Francois Simon, Paris, c.1760. 2 train, 5 pillar, going barrel movement with half-dead beat escapement, steel pendulum rod and pivoted suspension, and count-wheel half hour striking on bell above the movement. The pendulum bob is signed: “Tupman, / 20 Old Bond Street, / London”. The bell bears the cast marks: “4-P ½“ and: “O-D”. 30cm diameter gilt-brass dial with white enamel hour plaques with roman hour numerals and white enamel five-minute plaques with arabic numerals. Plain white enamel dial centre signed: “F.cois Simon A Paris”. Blued steel fleur-de-lis and poker hands. The case is veneered with green stained horn on and oak carcass and has rococo fire-gilt mounts. The inside of the back door is faced with plain brass sheet. Note: The clock originally had a verge escapement with silk pendulum suspension. The alterations were probably all undertaken by Tupman in 1843 (whose name and date is scratched on the front plate) replacing the original escapement, silk pendulum suspension, pendulum and back-cock.