David Norrie of Leith, Scotland
This is a wonderful inlaid mahogany long case clock with painted dial signed “David Norrie, Leith.” David Norrie is listed in Brain Loomes book, “Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World.” Loomes lists Norrie as working in several locations. He is first listed in Canongate, Edinburgh in 1787 when he was freed from his clock master. He is then listed in New Quay, Leith (Scotland) until his death in 1801. His business is succeeded by his widow till 1811.
This is a very attractive inlaid mahogany case clock. It is a very manageable size and exhibits excellent proportions and outstanding mahogany wood selections throughout it's construction.
This case stands on nicely formed applied bracket feet. The base section features a a nicely grained selection of mahogany that incorporates a delicate line inlay border. The waist section is fitted with a a nicely shaped door that shares the same formatting found in the base section. The sides of the waist are are fitted with inset quarter columns that terminate in brass quarter capitals. The upper capitals are a Corinthian form. The bonnet features a swan's neck pediment that terminates in brass rosettes. These center a single brass finial that is mounted on a plinth. The bonnet columns are fully turned and fluted. They are freestanding and mounted in brass capitals. The upper capitals located here are also a Corinthian form. The arched bonnet door is fitted with glass.
The time and strike movement is brass, eight-day duration and of excellent quality. This movement is also designed to strike each hour on a cast iron bell. The bell is mount above the movement on a stand. The movement is powered by weights.
The painted iron dial is signed by the Clockmaker just above the winding arbors. It also lists his working location as "Leith." In the arch of this dial is a moon phase mechanism or lunar calendar. The four spandrels areas are colorfully decorated with florals. This dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds and calendar day inside the time ring.
This clock stands approximately 7 feet 8 inches tall. This clock was made circa 1800.
About David Norrie
David Norrie is listed in Brain Loomes book, “Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World.” Loomes lists Norrie as working in several locations. He is first listed in Canongate, Edinburgh in 1787 when he was freed from his clock master. He is then listed in New Quay, Leith (Scotland) until his death in 1801. His business wass succeeded by his widow till 1811.
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