Oak longcase with Jonas Barber movement   2W, 1P, 1 key (10)
Lot 37W
A rare late 17th century longcase clock movement, now contained in an 18th century oak case Jonas Barber, Ratclif Cross, London
Sold for £2,160 (US$ 3,656) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A rare late 17th century longcase clock movement, now contained in an 18th century oak case
Jonas Barber, Ratclif Cross, London
The 11 inch square brass dial with winged cherubs head spandrels between engraved foliage enclosing the signed silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring, the centre with let-in silvered subsidiary seconds dial on a finely matted ground with ringed winding squares and decorated centre, the elaborate hands of blued steel, the dial feet pinned to the frontplate of the movement united by knopped and finned, latched pillars, the anchor escapement with inside countwheel strike on a bell, the backplate cut for the anchor, now contained in a mid 18th century oak case of good colour with stepped caddy top over three-quarter columns, long trunk door and plain base with apron 2.08m (6ft 10ins) high.

Footnotes

  • The Barber family are a well regarded family of clockmakers working in the 17th and 18th centuries. Probably the most famous is John's nephew, Jonas Barber of Winster (1718-1802).
    Jonas Barber of Ratcliffe Cross (1652-1698) was admitted to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers as a turret clock maker on 4th December 1682. He is listed as a resident in Printers Rents, a narrow alley running into Broad Street near the wharves 1693-94. He died shortly afterwards.
    The current clock displays practice engraving below the chapter ring along with the name John Wells - Wells was a contemporary of Barber's (he is listed in the Clockmaker Company records from 1682-1688) and it shows the close relationships of clockmakers at that time.
    This clock is sold with a copy of biographical and other information assembled by the horological historian E.J.Tyler in 1976.
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