Richard Cofsins (Coffins) Crewkerne, England.
An Automated dial. Cronos.
Richard Cofsins is listed in Brain Loomes, “Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World.” He is listed as working in 1795 in Somerset County. This County is located in the South West of England. The case stands on four small applied ogee bracket feet. The base panel features an applied mahogany panel that is nicely shaped at the top. This pattern is repeated in the long waist door. Through this door one can access the weights and pendulum. The side of the waist are trimmed with canted corners that terminate in a lamb's tongue molding. The canted surfaces are fluted. The bonnet features a swan’s neck pediment. The finely shaped moldings incorporate applied brass rosettes. Fully turned and fluted bonnet columns terminate in brass capitals. The top capitals are a robust Corinthian form. These flank the bonnet door which is glazed.
The single sheet brass dial is skillfully engraved and has been treated with a silvered wash. This clock is signed by the Maker in the center of the dial along with listing his working location. The time ring is traditionally formatted with Roman hour numerals, Arabic five minute makers, a subsidiary seconds and calendar date dials. In the arch is an automated feature. Cronos or Father time gently rocks back an forth with the motion of the pendulum. The aperture framing is engraved with the slogan, "Tempus Fugit."
The weight driven movement is constructed in brass and is designed to run eight-days on a full wind. It will strike each hour on a bell which is mounted above the movement. Overall, it is good quality.
This clock stands approximately 7 feet 4.5 inches tall to the top of the center finial. It was made circa 1795.
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