A George III oak 8 day long case clock with anti cider excise duty inscription Joel Spiller, Wellington. Working 1759-1769
Lot 118
A George III oak-cased eight-day longcase clock, with anti-cider Excise Duty inscription Joel Spiller, Wellington (fl. 1759 - 1769)
Sold for £3,500 (US$ 5,876) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Oak Interior Chester
17 Jan 2013 11:00 GMT

Auction 21094
A George III oak 8 day long case clock with anti cider excise duty inscription Joel Spiller, Wellington. Working 1759-1769
Lot Details
A George III oak-cased eight-day longcase clock, with anti-cider Excise Duty inscription
Joel Spiller, Wellington (fl. 1759 - 1769)
Having a twelve-inch brass dial with Roman hours and Arabic minutes, framing an engraved centre with large mouth shaped date engraved with sun and parrot motif, signed 'Joel Spiller, Wellington' and annotated either side of a cider barrel 'No Excise On Cyder'; the four knopped pillar movement rack-striking simultaneously on a bell, the hood with a broken swan neck pediment with applied floral roundels, the tapering fluted turned columns with brass capitals, the plain crossbanded long trunk door between mahogany veneered canted sides, on a matching base raised on a shaped plinth, (sold with two weights, pendulum and door key), 202cm (79.5") high

Footnotes

  • Literature: A. J. Moore, The Clockmakers of Somerset, has Joel Spiller working at Wellington, 1759 - 1769.

    In 1763 Lord Bute, when what is now known as Prime Minister, was the first man to introduce an excise duty on cider, thinking it a good way to pay for the Seven Years War. His decision to give excise men the right to enter people's homes spawned the phrase 'an Englishman's home is his castle'. Riots ensued and the prime minister was forced to resign.
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