An interesting 17th Century bracket timepiece movement, now in a later mahogany case
Lot 100
An interesting 17th Century bracket timepiece movement from the Edward East school, now in a later mahogany case
Sold for £7,800 (US$ 12,182) inc. premium

Lot Details
An interesting 17th Century bracket timepiece movement, now in a later mahogany case
An interesting 17th Century bracket timepiece movement from the Edward East school, now in a later mahogany case
The 7.75 inch square brass dial with later urn spandrels and associated narrow silvered chapter ring with Roman and Arabic numerals, the matted centre decorated with a well engraved flowerhead around the centre, the movement with rectangular plates measuring 9 inches by 3.5 inches and united by five boldly turned baluster pillars rivetted to the frontplate and pinned to the back, with verge escapement on a knife edge, the backplate plain . Now contained in a later (19th century ?) mahogany case with shaped cresting and ball feet The case 43cms (17ins)

Footnotes

  • This movement, largely dating from the third quarter of the 17th century is very much in the style of Edward East. Similar examples are illustrated in Dawson Drover Parkes 'Early English Clocks', Woodbridge 1982, plates 106, 108, 114, 140 (the latter by Henry Jones).
    On removing the chapter ring, it is apparent that the central matting extends beyond its current visible boundaries, under the current chapter ring. Furthermore, four filled holes are also visible, thereby suggesting that the current chapter ring is not original. That said, the delicacy of the engraving and the overall design of the ring indicate a late 17th century date of manufacture. The dial centre also shows a larger circular filled hole; this corresponds to holes in the front and backplate of the movement which indicate that the fusee has been changed - the original winding square hole is now filled.

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