Samuel Burton of Salisbury, UK. An English made Skeleton Clock with a fall off hour strike. UU-74

Samuel Burton of Salisbury is listed in Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World as working in the town of Salisbury in 1842 -1848. The town of Salisbury is located in the county of Wiltshire. The town is 9 miles south of the Stonehenge prehistoric stone circle. Interestingly, it is called the “Cathedral City.”

This Skeleton clock is finely made. It is signed on an applied plaque that is pinned on the brass base by the Maker. The plates are a nicely formed in the Gothic style. The predominate features in the design are three individual spires. This design is reminiscent of the Great West Front of the Salisbury Cathedral. The frames are fitted on four brass balls, one located at each corner. They sit a top a stepped brass base which is mounted on a wooden plinth. The pierced framing supports the steel arbors and brass gearing. The decorative scrolling of the plates exposes the internal workings of the movement. This movement is set up with an anchor escapement, fusee power and a fall off strike. The bell mounted at the top of the works is struck once each hour on the hour. This clock is designed to run eight-days on a full wind. The brass dial is decoratively designed and features Roman hour numerals. The glass dome that protects this clock from dust is a period dome and exhibits a lot of character.

This clock is approximately 19 inches tall to the top of the dome, 10.5 inches wide at the base and 8.5 inches deep. This clock was made circa 1845.

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