Jonathan Carley of Thetford, England. A bracket clock.
This arch-top bracket clock is cased in wonderfully figured mahogany case that retains a rich color. This case sits on four brass pad feet that are applied to the bottom of the case. The case is built to conform the the shape of the dial. The front door is fitted with glass and the interior edge is trimmed with brass. The brass dial is engraved. It is signed by the Clockmaker "Carley" in script lettering. The working location of "Thetford" is also listed in this location. The numerals on the time track are done in a Roman format. In the arch is a Silent / Strike indicator. This gives on the ability to turn the striking portion of the clock on or off by simple moving the indicator hand to the desired position. Below the center arbor is a subsidiary dial that displays the month calendar. The steel hands are nicely formed. The sides of this case feature large opens that are fitted with pierced brass screens. These are backed by cloth. This design allows the sound from the clock to more easily escape the case. At the back of the clock one will find a large door. This is fitted with clear glass and opens to access the pendulum and movement. The movement is a two train fusee powered design. It is very good quality having knobbed pillars that support heavy brass plates, the back plate is decoratively engraved along the outer edge. The transfer of power from the large springs to the fusee cones is done so with a brass cord. The hour is struck on a bell which is mounted above the movement. This example also features a pull repeat cord on the right side of the case. Pull this cord and the clock will strike the last hour. The escapement is of the anchor variety. Listed in Brian Loomes book, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, is a Jonathan Carley who worked in Thetford, Norfolk County in 1816 through 1845. This clock is approximately 17 inches tall, 12.5 inches wide and 8 inches deep. With the handle in the upright position, this clock is 18.5 inches tall. It was made circa 1820.
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