A very fine mid 19th century exhibition-quality gilt and engraved brass quarter chiming skeleton clock John Moore and Sons, Clerkenwell, No. 12742 2
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A very fine mid 19th century exhibition-quality gilt and engraved brass quarter chiming skeleton clock John Moore and Sons, Clerkenwell, No. 12742 2
Sold for £39,650 (US$ 63,633) inc. premium

Lot Details
A very fine mid 19th century exhibition-quality gilt and engraved brass quarter chiming skeleton clock John Moore and Sons, Clerkenwell, No. 12742 2 A very fine mid 19th century exhibition-quality gilt and engraved brass quarter chiming skeleton clock John Moore and Sons, Clerkenwell, No. 12742 2 A very fine mid 19th century exhibition-quality gilt and engraved brass quarter chiming skeleton clock John Moore and Sons, Clerkenwell, No. 12742 2 A very fine mid 19th century exhibition-quality gilt and engraved brass quarter chiming skeleton clock John Moore and Sons, Clerkenwell, No. 12742 2 A very fine mid 19th century exhibition-quality gilt and engraved brass quarter chiming skeleton clock John Moore and Sons, Clerkenwell, No. 12742 2 A very fine mid 19th century exhibition-quality gilt and engraved brass quarter chiming skeleton clock John Moore and Sons, Clerkenwell, No. 12742 2 A very fine mid 19th century exhibition-quality gilt and engraved brass quarter chiming skeleton clock John Moore and Sons, Clerkenwell, No. 12742 2
A very fine mid 19th century exhibition-quality gilt and engraved brass quarter chiming skeleton clock
John Moore and Sons, Clerkenwell, No. 12742
The pierced and scrolled plates measuring 7mm (one quarter of an inch) in thickness united by six tapering decorative turned and screwed pillars, signed on the shaped lowermost section of the frame, both the front and back faces of the plates boldly engraved with flowers and foliage over a cross-hatched and shaded background, mounted on an oval base with mirror-finished top and velvet covered sides, on a stepped ebonised base with applied ormolu mount, the 10 inch circular chapter ring with scalloped outer edge (each highpoint denoting a minute) and twelve silvered plaques with applied engraved gilt Roman numerals, and blued steel hands, the triple chain fusee movement with deadbeat escapement with jewelled pallets, the pendulum with a polished steel rod terminating in a T-bar suspension and heavily engraved bob, the strike train with engraved snail striking on a coiled blued steel gong set horizontally into the ebonised base, the quarter chiming train with engraved cock and quarter snail striking on a run of eight graduated bells mounted at the apex of the frames, under a glass shade. 57cms (22.5ins) high to the top of the bells. Total height including the glass dome 64cms (25.25ins) high. (2)

Footnotes

  • This clock has been in the vendor's family since new and tradition has it that it was purchased directly from the Great Exhibition.

    As high-grade manufacturers, Moore and Sons exhibited their own products at the Exhibition. Perhaps their most impressive surviving clock is that in the headquarters of the Norwich Union in Norwich, see Roberts, British Skeleton Clocks, ACC, 1987, figure 3/31 a and b. Although smaller, the current clock shares the same type of applied hour numerals on circular silvered plaques.
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