An early 18th Century brass hook-and-spike wall timepiece with alarmwork Anonymous, possibly of Oxfordshire Quaker manufacture in the manner of the Gilkes family sold with weight and pendulum
Lot 615
An early 18th Century brass hook-and-spike wall timepiece with alarmwork Anonymous, possibly of Oxfordshire Quaker manufacture in the manner of the Gilkes family sold with weight and pendulum
Sold for £2,880 (US$ 4,840) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Chester Sale Chester
9 Jul 2009 11:00 BST

Auction 17141
Lot Details
An early 18th Century brass hook-and-spike wall timepiece with alarmwork
Anonymous, possibly of Oxfordshire Quaker manufacture in the manner of the Gilkes family
Having a 7.5-inch square dial, the silvered Roman chapter ring with inner single-hand track, lozenge half-hour indicators and alternately opposed triangular quarter-hour marks, framing a 'wrigglework' band and silvered lobed alarm dial, all within three (of four) cast putto mask spandrels, indistinct scratch-engraving to rear, the posted rope-driven movement with anchor escapement striking on a bell, the rear posts with pinched loop suspension and fixing hooks 23cm high (sold with weight and pendulum)

Footnotes

  • This type of timepiece was often housed in a hanging case, as a so-called 'hooded' wall clock. At times, especially for Quaker familes, the case would apparently often have been bought later, if at all, when finances allowed.

    Internet reference - see http://www.brianloomes.com/details/detailzigzag2.html for "An early eighteenth century (1730s) hook-and-spike wall clock with nine-inch dial of the 'zig-zag dial' type (done with 'wrigglework' engraving), distinctive of early Oxfordshire Quaker work and probably made by Thomas Gilkes of Sibford Gower or his son, Richard Gilkes of Adderbury, whose early work followed the Quaker principle of being unsigned to avoid vanity, a sin they fell into later in life."

    Another hook-and-spike clock by Richard Gilkes of Adderbury, with similar lozenge and triangular quarter-hour markings to the chapter ring, plus multiple bands of wrigglework, can be found (ref. 439) at: http://www.timeinvested.co.uk/stock/stock.asp?sec=Lantern
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