A rare late 17th century walnut and marquetry inlaid longcase clock of one month duration and with ten inch skeletonised dial. Previously in the Wetherfield Collection of Clocks.
Joseph Knibb, London
The hood with elaborate moulded cornice over a blind fret supported on tapering barley twist columns, the trunk door with D-moulded edge enclosing fan inlays of ebony and walnut to each corner, further inlaid with two wavy-edged roundels flanking an oval panel depicting a bird within an urn of flowers and green stained foliage, over a large circular lenticle and an eight pointed star, the base inlaid with a further oval medallion, the inside of the trunk door applied with the original Collection label for the Wetherfield Collection sale, dated 1928 when it was bought by H Pendleton Rogers
The ten inch square brass dial with winged cherubs head scroll spandrels interspersed with engraved foliage and buds, signed along the lower edge 'Ioseph Knibb, London', the silvered skeletonised chapter ring with each minute numbered around the Roman numerals, with inner quarter hour track and simple half-hour marks, with latched dial feet
United by six slender knopped pillars with ring turning and latched to the frontplate, each train of five wheels, the going with anchor escapement with cut-out in the backplate for the pallets, the pallet-arbor cocked on the backplate, the pendulum attaching to the spring suspension mounted on a butterfly rating nut on a central cock, the strike train with countwheel set to the rear of the backplate striking on a bell 1.95m (6ft 4.75ins) high.
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