Thomas Pyke of Bridgewater, England. An inlaid mahogany case tall clock. UU96

This wonderful inlaid clock case exhibits excellent narrow proportions and first rate mahogany wood selections through out its design and construction.

Thomas Pyke is listed in Brian Loomes, Clockmakers and Watchmakers of the World. He is listed as working in as working between the dates of 1795 through 1825. He is listed as a dial maker. Through a brief correspondence with Nial & Deborah Woodford, authors of, The Thristle Clockmakers of Somerset we have learned that Thomas Pyke was also a chandelier maker, guinea scale maker, dial-maker, clockmaker, canon-maker etc. The town of Bridgewater is located in Somerset and is at the edge of Somerset Levels. The town is on the River Parrett, just 10 miles from its mouth and has a strong history as a trading center.

This attractive clock case stands on four applied bracket feet. The base panel features a figured crotch mahogany circular panel that is some what lighter in coloring than the darker mahogany framing. The circle is framed with thin line inlay of alternating light and dark woods. The darker mahogany is positioned in such a way that the grain points to the center of the panel. This is an effective detail. The waist is long and narrow centering a long waist door that has a nicely shaped at the top. The door is well figured and is trimmed with a molded edge. The front corners of the waist are fitted with fluted quarter columns. These columns terminate in turned wooden quarter capitals. The inlaid bonnet is fitted with an interesting pediment. It is nicely shaped and is inlaid with a sun in the tympanum or center. The upper edge is trimmed with a cock-beaded molding. Two finely reeded finial plinths are mounted on the outer edges of the pediment. Each supports a single brass ball and spike finial. The arch molding is veneered with a light wood cross banded detail. Fully turned and finely reeded bonnet columns ending in brass capitals are positioned on either side of the hood door. This door is arched and fitted with glass.

The iron dial is colorfully painted. The four spandrel areas are decorated with geometric pattern. A moon phase or lunar calendar display is positioned in the arch. The time ring is formatted with Roman style hour numerals. The quarter hours, the quarter seconds and the calendar day are indicated in an Arabic form. This clock is signed by the Maker in the center section of the dial along with his working location.

The two train movement weight driven movement is constructed in brass. It is designed to run for an eight-day duration and is excellent quality. It will strike the hour on the hour on a cast iron bell that is mounted above the movement. It is interesting to note that the front plate is engraved with the following information, "I + T No., 2726‘"

This clock stands approximately 88.5 inches or 7 feet 4.5 inches tall. Measured a the upper hood molding, this clock is 20.5 inches wide and 10.5 inches deep.

This clock is inventory number UU-96.

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