A very rare third quarter of the 17th century ebony veneered Roman-striking 'Phase One' table clock with tic-tac escapement
Joseph Knibb, London
the shaped handle of octagonal section and secured via two folding hasps on a low moulded caddy applied with a winged cherubs head mount, each corner set with a turned ball finial over glazed rectangular side panels to a moulded base on squat ball feet, the front door with pierced silk-backed fret and two escutcheons, the 8 inch square gilt brass dial signed along the lower edge 'Joseph Knibb Londini fecit', flanked by winged cherubs head spandrels,the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with fleur de lys half hour marks and finely matted centre, the three dial feet latched to the twin gut fusee movement with plates united by eight knopped, finned and latched pillars, with tic-tac escapement on a knife edge, striking the hours on the Roman system whereby each five-hourly interval is denoted by a hammer striking a large bell and each individual hour denoted by the strike of a smaller bell, the small numbered solid countwheel mounted just above the centre left of the backplate, the backplate engraved with a single stem issuing four flowerheads and leaves over a pair of engraved flower heads to the lower corners, centred by a winged hour glass and the gently curving copperplate signature Joseph Knibb Londini fecit 34.5cms (13.5ins) to the top of the moulding, 39cms (15.5ins) high to the top of the handle.
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