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17th-Century Ebony Veneered Table Clock with Alarm and Pull Quarter Repeat

1690 England

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17th-Century Ebony Veneered Table Clock with Alarm and Pull Quarter Repeat

A magnificent sprung driven table clock by respected London maker George Etherington. The late 17th century, ebony- veneered table clock with alarm and pull quarter repeat on two bells, signed on the chapter ring Etherington London, and on the backplate Geo Etherington LONDON, c. 1695-1700. The ebony veneered, basket-top case has glazed windows to the side and is surmounted by four pineapple finials and a shaped carrying handle. The front door is embellished by a gilt-brass repousse ornaments, mirroring the basket whilst the top one functions as a sound fret. The case rests on four gilt-brass bun feet.
The 7-inch dial is of classic design for a late 17th century table clock, with winged- cherub spandrels around a silvered chapter ring, and a false pendulum aperture and a date aperture in the matted centre. The time is indicated by an elegant pair of pierced, blued hands and behind the hands is a silvered alarm disc, visible to set the alarm. The brass, eight-day movement has a going train and a quarter pull-repeat train, as well as an alarm. The going train driven by a spring in a spring barrel via a gut fusee has verge escapement, the verge directly attached to the pendulum with knife edge suspension, secured by an elaborate pierced and engraved apron. The repeat is activated by pulling a cord to the left of the clock, whilst the alarm is activated in a similar fashion on the right-hand side. The backplate is elaborately engraved around the signature cartouche. The movement is secured by two blued steel bracket of typical shape for Etherington.
Features

• Eight day movement with going train, quarter pull repeat and alarm train.
• Original verge escapement
• 7” silvered dial with winged-cherub spandrels
• False pendulum
• Date aperture
• Elegant pair of pierced and blued hands
• Silvered alarm disc
• Alarm
• Pull quarter repeat on two bells
• Signed chapter ring ‘Etherington London’
• Signed backplate ‘Geo Etherington’
• Ebony veneered
• Original gilt basket case
• Later contemporary pineapple finials
• Original gilt-brass repousse ornaments to the central aperture

Signed/Inscribed
Etherington London, and on the backplate Geo Etherington LONDON

Condition

Original

Provenance

Private collection, London, published in ‘Early English Clocks’ by Percy G. Dawson, C.B Drover & D. W Parkes in 1982.

Literature

Published in ‘Early English Clocks’ by Percy G. Dawson, C.B Drover & D. W Parkes in 1982.

Dimensions
H 15.75 in. x W 9.85 in. x D 6.3 in.
H 40 cm x W 25 cm x D 16 cm

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