George Gould of Southmolton, Devon, UK. 30 Hour tall clock.
There are two George Goulds listed in Brian Loomes "Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World." The listing suggests that they were possibly father and son. The first has a listed dated of working sometime around 1740. The second was apprenticed to Christopher Day in 1755 and is listed as working in 1784 until his death in 1809. This clock , based on the format of the dial and the styling of this case was most likely made by the Father around 1740. The town of Southmolton is located in the South West section of England.
This country case tall clock is constructed in oak and stands approximately 76 inches or 6 feet 5 inches tall to the top of the cornice molding. The case stands on applied bracket base that rests flat to the floor. The waist is long and narrow. It is fitted with a rectangular shaped waist door. The door is trimmed with a molded edge. The door opens to access the interior of the case. The bonnet is a flat top form. The bonnet door is simply formed and fitted with glass. The smoothly turned bonnet columns are attached to the bonnet door. They taper slightly and are decorated with rings turnings. They terminate in wooden capitals that are treated with a gilt paint. The cornice molding is is boldly constructed.
The composite dial is brass features applied cast brass spandrels an applied chapter or time ring and a matted center. The Maker's signature and working location are engraved in this matted section. It is engraved on a cartouche. or stylized boss. The hour numerals engraved in the time ring are a Roman format. The minute markers are engraved on the inside of this ring. Flier d lis are engrave in between the hours. A single steel hand displays the time. This dial measures approximately 10 inches square.
The movement is categorized as a posted frame format. It is constructed in brass and steel. The gearing and frame is brass. The four posts a re decoratively turned in the form of pillars. The arbors and cast bell are iron. This movement is designed to run 30 hours on a full wind. One winds this example by pulling on a cord located inside the case. It will also strike the hour on the bell. This is done with the use of a countwheel. The countwheel used in this example is mounted at the back of the movement.
This clock stands approximately 76 inches tall. It was made circa 1740.
Inventory number TT-111.
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