A very fine 18th century walnut longcase clock of exceptional provenance and with original numbered crank winding handle
George Graham, London, number 707
The case with caddy top over pierced wooden sound frets supported on brass-mounted Doric columns, set to each side with the pierced sound frets depicting a Green Man mask over a running pattern of interlaced foliate and other scrolls, the rectangular trunk door measuring 40.5inches in length and with moulded border, crisply stamped twice on the inner edge 707, the trunk sides inlaid with panels of walnut within boxwood and ebony-line borders, the base panel similarly inlaid on a double apron and block feet (caddy and block feet later), the 12 inch square brass dial signed along the lower edge Geo: Graham London with four double-screwed spandrels depicting Indian mask heads within openwork scrolls and foliage, the silvered chapter ring with outer Arabic minutes and inner Roman hours with floating lozenge half hour marks, the finely matted centre with subsidiary seconds dial, chamfered date aperture with pin-hole adjustment and applied silvered oval nameplate and blued steel hands, with latched dial feet; the movement with substantial plates united by five heavy knopped latched pillars, with bolt and shutter maintaining power, deadbeat escapement with the front pivot set in a brass block, to a long brass crutch with screwed-in steel pin, the backplate numbered along the central lower edge '707'. The pendulum rod made of brass and with a flattened rectangular section secured to the bob via a pin and screw, the lenticular brass-faced bob lead filled and terminating in a shaped index reading against a silvered engraved rating nut marked 5-10-15-22 2.29m (7ft 2ins) high.
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