Thomas Hunter. A clockmaker working in London.
This is a formal mahogany cased tall clock made by Thomas Hunter of London. He is listed in Brittens Old Clocks and Watches and their Makers as working in London in 1754 through 1794.
Clocks of this high quality are becoming increasingly difficult to find today. Crotch mahogany veneers are exhibited in the base panel and the waist door. This deep rich mahogany case is nicely proportioned. The base, with an applied panel, stands on a nicely shaped double stepped bracket molding and pad feet. The waist is long having a full length modified tomb-stone shaped door. The bonnet is a double breakarch form. The bonnet door is arched glazed with brass stop-fluted bonnet columns on each side.
This style of dial predates the painted dial. It is composed of a brass base sheet that is decorated with applied brass spandrels and chapter rings. The chapter ring, name boss and calendar dial are finished in a silver wash for contrast. At the top of the arch is the engraved signature and working location. Below it, is a Silent / Strike accuator. By turning the hand, one can choose to have the clock strike the hours or to not strike the hours. Your choice. The large chapter ring is also applied to the dial. This ring displays the hours in a Roman numeral format. The five minute markers are indicated in each of the hour positions with Arabic style numerals. The center of this section is nicely matted. This was most likely done to aide in ones ability to located the hands while reading the dial. A brass dial will tarnish making it somewhat difficult to read in a room lit by candles. This dial also features the subsidiary seconds dial which is engraved and silvered. The calendar day is located in the aperture below the center arbor. The steel hands are nicely made.
The movement is constructed in brass having nicely finished cast brass plates which are supported by smoothly turned brass posts. The gearing is brass and the pinions are steel. The movement is weight driven and designed to run eight days on a full wind. This clock strikes the hour on a bell. The strike train is located between the plates and is actuated by a rack and snail design. The winding barrels grooved. The movement is supported by a seaboard.
This clock was made circa 1770 and stands 7 feet 6 inches tall.
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