Bracket clock. An ornately carved mahogany case quarter striking example featuring a fusee movement.
This very impressive mahogany cased is richly ornamented with low and high relief carvings throughout. These decorations are skillfully executed and are exhibited all over this case form.
This is a fantastic example. The case is elevated up off the table surface with the use of four cast brass feet. These are in the form of hairy animal paws and sweep out to floral style returns. All four are treated with a gilt wash and are applied to the base of the clock. All four sides of the case are decorated with various floral and figural carved patterns. Some of these details include depictions of vines that bear flowers and fruit, portraits of lions and male figures and the facial representation of the North Wind. A cast brass balustrade or a widows walk is mounted to the top of the case. The middle section of this case is fitted with lockable access doors at the front and back. Pierced sound panels on are positioned on the sides. The back door is hinged to access the interior of the case. Through this door one can access the movement and pendulum. The sides panels are fitted with decorative pierced frets that are backed in red silk. This allows the sound of the quarter striking movement to more easily escape the case. The front door is fitted with a beveled glass panel. This door opens to access the dial.
This composite brass dial is wonderfully presented. A brass main sheet provides the mounting platform for applied details and decorations. The brass spandrels are cast and fit tightly around the display rings. All four rings are brass and have been treated with a silver wash in order to provide contrast. This silver treatment has nicely oxidized over the years. The large ring displays the time. It features large Arabic hour numerals that are applied. These are treated with a gilt wash. The half hour makers are an engraved style. Their are three subsidiary dials located in the arch. These dials allow the operator to make the follow choices. The first dial is the Silent / Strike selector. If you choose the strike option, this clock will strike the hour and quarter hours. If you select silent option, the movement will strike the bells or gongs on the quarter hours. A second selector dial allows the operator to choose between the type of sound. This selector reads Chimes on Eight Bells / Westminster Chimes. One has the choice of the clock striking on eight bells or four coil wire gongs. This clock has both. The four coil wire gongs are tuned to the Westminster chiming sequence and are mounted are the back of the movement. The choice of bells plays the Whittington tune. The eight bells are graduated and are fitted above the movement on a rack. The last of the three dials provides one with a method of rating or adjusting the speed of the clock in terms of time. The center section of the dial is fitted with an applied mat decoration. This is not only pierced in a floral pattern, it is also decorated with engraved details. The brass movement is of very good quality and looks to be of English manufacture. My guess is that is was made by the J. J. Elliot Clock Company of London, England. They were the premiere manufacturers of this type of clock movement. The brass plates are substantial. (Please keep in mind that the photos were taken before we serviced the works. As a result, they are not presented here in a bright finish. We intend on servicing this clock soon. It is currently running very well.) To date, we have not located a Maker's identification if one does exist. This movement is a three train fusee design. This allows it to keep time or run for eight days on a full wind while it strikes the hours and quarter hours. One has the choice of this clock striking the quarter hours on eight bells or on four coil wire gongs. The hour is struck on a separate larger coiled wire gong. It is the longest of the five in total so the tone is low. The sound is wonderful. The fusees cones level the power provided from the springs. This will keep the cadence of the striking equal.
This clock was made circa 1890. It is approximately 24.5 inches tall, 14.75 inches wide and 12 inches deep.
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