A Continental ebonized musical bracket clock with moon phase
Signed "Josep Windmidl, London", mid 18th century
The bell top case with four urn finials raised on gilt bracket feet, brass dial with moon phase in the arch above an arcaded roman and arabic silvered chapter ring enclosing date aperture, signature cartouche and winding arbors in the matted center, later pierced hands, three train movement with four knopped tapered pillars, standing barrels, verge escapement, rack striking the hour on a bell and playing a tune on the hour or at will on a nest of twelve bells with fourteen hammers, back plate engraved with the figure of a huntsman and his dog within foliate scrolls and strapwork
20 in. (50cm) in height
- This clock is described as "Continental", in other words, not English. It is probably German or Austrian. The signature is fictitious and not that of the London maker Joseph Windmills.
The musical movement has eight bells and 14 hammers, not the 12 bell listed in the catalog.