A fine early 18th century quarter repeating ebony table clock.
Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, number 404
the caddy surmounted by a gilt brass facetted thistle bud handle over applied mouldings and cornice, the two sides and front applied with foliate scroll brass sound frets, the sides with rectangular glazed apertures, the front door with twin applied mounts, on a moulded base and block feet,
the 7 inch square brass dial with strike/not strike lever above XII flanked by double-screwed Minerva mask and foliage spandrels framing the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with 'cross' half-quarter marks and 'meeting arrow' head half-hour markers, the finely matted centre with chamfered date aperture below the centre with pin-hole adjustment over the polished kidney-shaped signature cartouche signed 'Tho-Tompion/&/Edw-Banger/Londini Fecit', with blued steel hands and three latched dial feet
secured in the case via two steel screws running from the underside into the bulbous section of the two lowermost pillars, further secured by a brass L-shaped bracket on the right hand side, the twin fusees with chains, the verge escapement with knife edge suspension and engraved pear-shaped bob set with a screw thread for regulation, with rack strike on a bell, repeating the quarters on activation of one of two levers mounted on the backplate with a single tear-drop shaped cock, with six knopped pillars with riveted latches (one pillar pinned)
the frontplate of smaller dimensions than the backplate and cast to allow for the repeat work,
the backplate with a single line border enclosing the elaborate pattern of engraved foliate scrollwork, signed THO.TOMPION + EDW BANGER LONDINI FECIT and numbered 404 along the lower edge
38cms (14.5ins) high.