A second half of the 17th century and later architectural table clock Edward East, London
Lot 117
A second half of the 17th century and later architectural table clock Edward East, London
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 16,154) inc. premium

Lot Details
A second half of the 17th century and later architectural table clock Edward East A second half of the 17th century and later architectural table clock Edward East, London
A second half of the 17th century and later architectural table clock
Edward East, London
The case with pediment top set with two moulded rectangles over a moulded cornice, the sides with tall rectangular glazed apertures on a plinth base (the case probably a 19th/20th century copy), the brass dial measuring 8.5 inches by 7.75 inches and matted all over, the applied narrow chapter ring with engraved minute band, inner quarter-hour track and fleur de lys half hour markers, around a rose-engraved centre, with blued steel hands (the hour hand set on a five-sided pipe) and date aperture, the movement plates measuring 8 and 11/16ths of an inch by 7 and 3/8ths united by seven baluster turned pillars rivetted to the frontplate and pinned to the back, the large capped spring barrels with gut lines to the squat fusees, with verge escapement striking the hours on a vertically-mounted bell via an engraved and numbered countwheel set high on the backplate with cocked lever, signed 'Eduardus East, Londini' in an upward-curving arc on the otherwise plain backplate 46cms (18ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Edward East (1602-1696) was born in Southill, Bedfordshire in 1602. He began his apprenticeship in 1618, and was made free in the Goldsmiths Company in 1627. In 1632 when the Clockmakers Company was granted its Charter, East was the youngest Assistant to the Court, a reflection of the esteem in which he must have been held. He rose within the Company and was Master twice, either side of the Civil War, in 1645 and again in 1653. He held meetings at his premises in Fleet Street, at the 'Musical Clock'. In 1660 he was appointed Chief Clockmaker to King Charles II. East was well known to the King as when East had lived in Pall Mall, near the tennis court, the King would often ask him to attend tennis matches and offer one of his watches as a prize. On its introduction to England in 1657, East quickly adopted the pendulum and ran one of the most important workshops in the early years of the pendulum clock. During his long working life, he took on eight apprentices: Thomas Wolverstone, Robert Hanslapp, Walter Gibbs, Edward Wagstaff, Henry Jones, John East, Adam Pearce and Richard Bellinger.
    In later years, The London Gazette of January 22nd-26th 1690 records that a Mr East was working at "the Sun outside Temple Bar". At about this time, he gave £100 to the Clockmakers Company for the benefit of poor members. He died a few years later, in Hampton, Middlesex.
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