A George III painted dial 30 hour longcase clock John & George Crane, Bromsgrove
Lot 91
A George III painted dial thirty-hour longcase clock John & George Crane, Bromsgrove
Sold for £437 (US$ 735) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Oak Interior Chester
17 Jan 2013 11:00 GMT

Auction 21094
Lot Details
A George III painted dial thirty-hour longcase clock
John & George Crane, Bromsgrove
Having a 12" hand painted dial with Arabic hours and minutes, date aperture, signed 'Jno & Geo Crane, Bromsgrove', with hand painted shell form spandrels, the four pillar mechanism with outside countwheel, striking on a bell; the hood with broken swan-neck pediment above fluted brass capped columns, inlaid mahogany veneer to door, the trunk with a triple panelled mahogany frieze above a shaped top door with crossbanded edge, flanked by conforming canted quarter columns, the base with raised plank panel, lacking feet, with weight and pendulum, 203cm (80") high


  • The Bromsgrove Universal British Directory of 1791 lists a John Crane, Clockmaker as an inhabitant of Bromsgrove. Known as the 'Bird of Bromsgrove' for his published poetry, he was also a Constable and 'dealer in almost everything including musical instruments, sugar tongs, microscopes, nut-crackers, Derbyshire-spars, tea-totems, prayer books, cribbage-boards and a long list of etceteras' (The Monthly Critical magazine, 1825, Article 'The Bird of Bromsgrove').

    The case of this clock was probably made in the town of Towcester, many of the Midlands clockmakers are believed to have used bespoke cases made in the town during the 19th century, characterised by the triple panels of veneer at the top of the trunks.
  1. Christopher Jarrey
    Specialist - Clocks
    New House
    Chester, CH3 5TD
    United Kingdom
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