A fine and rare late 17th century ebony veneered, quarter repeating table clock
Thomas Tompion, London, number 171
The caddy top surmounted by a faceted handle centred by a pair of conjoined buds on internal pommels, over three gilt brass repousse mounts, each centred by a mask the larger including a pair of reclining cherubs among flowerheads, fruit and interlaced foliage, all set over an intricately moulded cornice, the sides with silk-backed sound frets and long glazed apertures, the front door adorned with twin escutcheons, on a moulded base and block feet, the movement secured in the case via two steel screws running through the bottom of the case into the lowermost pillars and further secured by a steel L-shaped bracket on the upper right hand side.
The rectangular gilt brass dial measuring 7.5 inches by 6.75 inches, signed along the lower edge 'Tho:Tompion Londini fecit' between a pair of winged cherubs head spandrels to the lower corners, the upper corners set with twin subsidiary dials; to the left regulation marked in Arabic five minute divisions with arrow-headed pointer, to the left Strike/Not strike actuated via a steel arrow with brass pommels, with engraved detailing of running foliate scrollwork, the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with elaborate half hour markers and inner quarter hour track enclosing the finely matted centre with mock pendulum and date apertures, both with chamfered gilt bevelled edges, with good blued steel hands of characteristic design, the dial secured by latched dial feet.
The twin fusee movement united by seven knopped pillars, each secured via a substantial shaped latch, the verge escapement with shaped top potance and mock pendulum screwed to the front of the verge arbor, the pendulum with brass rod and screwed lenticular bob, secured to the heavy shaped brass rise and fall arbor via two screws passing through the jaws of a shaped cock, the rack strike sounding the hour on a bell, repeating the quarters on a smaller bell set between the plates, activated from either the left or right hand side via a pair of linked steel levers, secured by an engraved square-footed cock, the frontplate shaped in order to accommodate part of the highly finished quarter repeating system, the backplate with a single line border enclosing a fully engraved pattern of interlaced foliate scrolls, pendant harebells and strapwork, centred by the copperplate signature 'Tho: Tompion, Londini Fecit' within a shaped cartouche with a running wheatear border, punch numbered along the lower edge 171. 38cm (14.5in)