George III Ebony Bracket Clock Thomas Hughes
George III Ebony Bracket Clock Thomas Hughes
George III Ebony Bracket Clock Thomas Hughes
George III Ebony Bracket Clock Thomas Hughes
George III Ebony Bracket Clock Thomas Hughes
George III Ebony Bracket Clock Thomas Hughes
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George III Ebony Veneered Bracket Clock with Pull Quarter Repeat on Six Bells, Thomas Hughes, London

1740 England

£15,500

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George III Ebony Veneered Bracket Clock with Pull Quarter Repeat on Six Bells, Thomas Hughes, London

The ebony-veneered case has a so-called inverted bell top, a design which became popular in the early Georgian period (from 1715 onwards). The case is adorned with brass mouldings and rests on shaped brass block feet. It is surmounted by a brass carrying handle. There are silk-backed pierced ebony sound frets to the front and back doors, whilst the sides are glazed. The arched brass dial has a Roman silvered chapter ring, with two subsidiary rings in the arch, on the left-hand side a strike/ silent ring to switch off the striking, and on the right rise-and-fall regulation. In the corners there are pierced cast brass spandrels, whilst the matted centre has false pendulum and date apertures. The time is indicated by a pair of period pierced blued-steel hands on the black Roman chapter ring with Arabic five-minute and minute divisions. The spring-driven, eight-day, twin chain- fusee movement has a going train with verge escapement and short pendulum with knife-edge suspension. The rack striking train indicates the hours on a bell. In addition, it has quarter pull repeat on six bells. The backplate is finely engraved and similarly signed as on the front within an engraved cartouche.

Features

  • Eight-day double chain fusee movement
  • Verge escapement
  • Pull quarter repeat on six bells
  • Break arch dial with Roman silvered chapter ring
  • Pierced cast brass spandrels
  • Silk-backed pierced ebony sound frets to the front and back doors
  • Glazed sides
  • Strike and silent function
  • Brass mouldings, rests and shaped feet
Condition

Original

Provenance

Private collection, Oxfordshire

Literature

Maker, Thomas Hughes was a member of the Worshipful Clockmakers Company from 1712-1753, until the year of his death. His son of the same name (apprenticed 1734) was also a clockmaker, but it is highly likely that this clock was made by the father.

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