A fine and rare early 18th century ebony veneered, quarter repeating bracket clock
Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 440
Surmounted by a cast facetted handle with central foliate bud mounted on flowerhead pommels and leaf-cast bases, all showing traces of original gilding and mounted on a caddy top over an intricately moulded cornice, each side panel set with a shaped bow-ended glazed aperture over a rectangular glazed aperture and set with a hole for the twin repeat cords, the front door with a cast gilt brass frieze depicting cherubs heads within pierced foliate scrollwork, further set with matching gilt escutcheons and an applied mount of running foliage on the lower sill, on a plain moulded plinth base and four block feet. Punch numbered 440 on the front sill.
The gilt brass dial measuring 7 1/8ths of an inch by 8inches and boldly signed in capital letters across the upper section "THO:TOMPION + EDW. BANGER/ Londini FECIT" around engraved foliate details and flanked by twin silvered subsidiary dials for regulation (marked in Arabic fives from 0 to 60) and for the strike/silent selection, both with fettled blued steel hands; the lower portion of the dial set with double-screwed gilt cherubs head and scroll spandrels enclosing the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with cross-shaped half-quarter marks and sword-hilt half hour marks, the centre finely matted and displaying a large mock pendulum aperture with chamfered inner edge, with typical blued steel hands and latched dial feet to the substantial twin wire fusee movement.
The movement with substantial plates united by seven knopped and finned pillars latched to the shaped frontplate, the verge escapement rack striking on a bell and with Tompions 'all or nothing' repeat work activated via a repeat cord on each side of the case actuating one of the blued steel repeat levers cocked to the fully engraved backplate decorated with foliate scrolls and strapwork centred by a repeat signature in a shaped cartouche set under an engraved mask head, all enclosed by an engraved single line border and further punch numbered '440' along the lower edge, the pendulum pinned to a block in the shaped brass rise-and-fall lever over a pair of cheeks cocked on the backplate
40.5cms (16ins) to the top of the handle.