A fine English made quarter striking Bracket clock or Table Clock. The case is finished in black lacquer and decorated with applied brass castings. The brass composite dial and three train movement are excellent quality.

This case sits up on four applied cast ogee bracket brass feet. They are decoratively formed and elevated the case up off the table surface. The base molding is well formed and steps back slightly to support the main body of the case. The front corners are inset and are fitted with fully turned brass fluted columns. They are mounted in brass capitals and are free standing. The upper capitals are a Corinthian form. These two columns visually support the molded arch at the top of the case. Four decorative brass cast brass finials are mounted on the top of the case. Between the columns is an arched form door. The inner edge of this door is trimmed with brass mask. The door is also fitted with glass and this protects the dial. The sides of this case feature arched cutouts. These are fitted with decorative pierced brass screens. These are backed with a red silk material. This attractive design feature serves as a sound fret. Its purpose is to allow the sounds that the movement produces to more easily escape the interior of the case. Mounted above the sound frets are brass carrying handles. The back of the case is also fitted with an arched door. This door is fitted with glass and provides one with a view of the movement. I should note that all of the brass decorations have been polished and protected with a light lacquer finish.

This fusee powered “Victorian Chimer” is a three train design. It is designed to be a quarter striking clock. Although one has the option to turn the striking on and off as desired. If you choose to set the clock up to strike, then you have the option of having it strike just the hours. This is done on a large coil gong mounted behind the movement. If you choose to have it strike the quarter hours, then the clock will strike on each quarter hour on a nest of eight graduated bells. These are mounted above the clock works. The operator has the option of choosing one of two tunes with a selector hand that is located in the arch of the dial. You have the choice of having it strike the Westminster chiming sequence which was made popular by the Act of Parliament clock in London. You also have the option of having it strike an eight bell sequence. Both tunes are progressive. This large movement is designed to run eight days on a full wind. Two large plates are supported by traditionally shaped brass pillars or posts. The back plate on this example is fully engraved. The engraving decoration also extends to the pendulum bob as well. The gearing is brass and the pinions are steel. The movement is spring driven and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It incorporates a fusee cone in each train so the power is equalize over the period of the run. This movement is fitted with a rack and snail striking system. All in all, it is very good quality.

The dial is brass and is constructed from a brass sheet that is fitted with a number of decorative elements. The four cast corner spandrels are applied to the dial and frame the applied time ring. This time ring has been finished in a silver wash. This is formatted with large Roman style hour numerals. A closed minute ring separates the Arabic style five minute markers from the hour positions. The inside surface area of the time ring has been textured. A designed that provides better contrast between the dial and the black steel hour and minute hands. Additional spandrels are located in the arch of the dial. These are also used to frame the two additional silver rings located there. The one on the left is the silent / strike indicator or shut off. To the right of this is the tune selector. Your choice is Westminster chimes or Chime on eight bells.

This clock measures a full 18 inches tall to the top of the central finial. At the feet, this clock is 15.25 inches wide and 9 inches deep. This fine example was made circa 1890.

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