English made Bracket Clock. Retailed by Bigelow Kennard & Company in Boston. Quarter striking movement.

This is an impressive lacquered decorated bracket clock with brass composite dial signed by the retailer Bigelow Kennard & Company. This example is English made and excellent quality.

This black lacquer finished case is elevated on four applied brass ogee bracket feet. The front corners of the main case are fitted with decorative brass castings. These are reflect an classical theme. The full length male figures are well formed. A cloth is draped across their midsection. Each hand is holding a trident. Outstretched wings extend from the figures back and are raised above the figure’s head. This form may be interpeted as the Greek God Eros. Eros is the God of Love. The corners of the case are molded specifically for these two figures. The front door is arched in form and fitted with glass. It is trimmed with a brass molding. The sides of this case are fitted with arched windows that are covered with pierced brass screens. These are backed with a red silk like material. This material provides color to the case and also allows the sound of the bell when struck inside the case to more easily escape. The rear door is quite large. This door is also screened. The diamond pattern is smaller that the pattern found on the sides. The top of clock case is surmounted with four brass finials. One is positioned on each of the four corners. Please also note the large brass carrying handles which are mounted on the sides.

This fusee powered “Victorian Chimer” is a three train design. It is designed to be a quarter striking clock. Although one has the option of turning the striking portion of the movement 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 wire 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. The time ing 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 three 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. The center ring is an exterior adjustment for the timing of the clock. The retailer’s name is engraved on a plaque that is mounted below the hour numeral XII.

This clock measures a full 18 inches tall to the top of the central finial. At the feet, this clock is 16.5 inches wide and 10 inches deep. This fine example was made circa 1890.

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