English Dial clock Sir John Bennett
This English made dial clock features a painted dial that is signed by Sir John Bennett of Cheapside London. Sir John Bennett was one of London’s most famous and colorful retailers in the late 1800's. His complete shop facade and it's fittings were brought to America by Henry Ford for his Museum in Dearborn.
This form is referred to by many names. Clocks like this are often called school, railway, gallery, post, pub and dial clocks to name a few. This is largely due to their popularity in the UK. And in recent years, they have become increasing desirable for use in the home. This form was made in numerous diameters. The standard or common sizes seem ranges from 8 to 14 inches. Examples that fall into this diameter range are plentiful. When one finds an example of smaller or larger dimensions, it is somewhat unusual. This example features a case that is approximately 22 inches across.
All most all of the English versions are very good quality and are excellent time keepers making them very reliable. The movements are constructed in brass and feature a fusee design. The fusee incorporates a conical shaped drum that in theory evenly regulates the power output on the spring. The vast majority run eight days on a full wind.
Many of these are found with signed dials. Most commonly with a name and a location. It is thought that these represent or are related to not only the manufacturer and retailer but are often the original owner, subsequent clock's repairman or even a dial painter.
The case is oak and retains a light walnut stain. The color is pleasing and contrasts nicely with the large bezel. This case measures approximately 22 inches in diameter and is 7.5 inches deep. The brass bezel is fitted with glass. This protects the painted dial. This dial features large Roman style hour numerals which are easy to read from across the room. The shaped shaped hands indicate the time. Four posts or dial feet mount the dial directly to the movement. The movement is very well constructed. The plates are heavily cast. This movement is powered by a large coil spring and the design incorporates a fusee cone. It is designed to run eight-days on a full wind. It is very good quality.
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