A late 18th century mahogany quarter chiming longcase clock with deadbeat escapement Eardley Norton, London

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Lot 392
A late 18th century mahogany quarter chiming longcase clock with deadbeat escapement
Eardley Norton, London

Sold for £ 3,480 (US$ 4,922) inc. premium
A late 18th century mahogany quarter chiming longcase clock with deadbeat escapement
Eardley Norton, London
the (reduced) hood with three ball and spire finials over stop fluted freestanding columns, the trunk door with shaped arched top and concave moulded edge flanked by similar quarter columns, the base with applied panel on a stepped plinth, the 12 inch arched brass dial signed on a shaped arc over a strike/silent subsidiary, Roman and Arabic chapter ring to a silvered recessed subsidiary seconds dial, the movement with deadbeat escapement rack striking the hours on a bell and chiming the quarters on a nest of eight bells and hammers

Footnotes

  • Eardley Norton was born in Lincolnshire in 1728 and is recorded as working in London in 1762. He was admitted to the Clockmakers' Company in 1770 and died in 1792. He was capable of producing excellent work and often incorporated the deadbeat escapement in his grandest clocks. In 1771 he patented a striking and repeating mechanism. Bracket clocks exist which are signed "Yeldrae Notron" and it is believed that these were clocks sold by him under a spurious name in order to avoid tax. Perhaps the most notable clock by Norton is the four-dialled astronomical clock made for George III that is still in the Royal collection.
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