Fusee Powered Crystal Regulator. Alex Bruce of St. Ann's Square Manchester, Lancashire. England.
This attractive English Crystal Regulator was made circa 1880. This case measures approximately 14 inches tall, 8 inches wide and 6 inches deep. The case is constructed in brass and has been recently polished and protected with a thin lacquer finish. The lacquering helps to protect the finish from tarnishing. All four sides are fitted with glass panels. These panels feature beveled edges. The front and back of this case are fitted with doors. They provide access to the dial and movement. The front of this example is fitted with an engraved matt. The time ring, silvered is applied to this matt features Roman style hour numerals. The movement is brass and is very good quality. The plates are square. The movement is spring powered and fitted with fusee cones. It designed to run eight days on a full wind and to strike the quarter hours. It strikes with two hammers on two gongs mounted inside the case. The pendulum is the traditional format of two glass vials supported in a brass frame.
This clock was made by Alex Bruce of St. Ann's Square Manchester, Lancashire. He was born 1823 died 1898. He is listed as a Jeweler and as a Clockmaker. In his later years, he is recorded as having lived at Chester Road, Stretford, Manchester.
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