An early 18th century ebonised longcase clock of one month duration George Graham.  The movement and dial numbered 611; the associated Graham case numbered 642

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An early 18th century ebonised longcase clock of one month duration
George Graham. The movement and dial numbered 611; the associated Graham case numbered 642

Sold for £ 36,000 (US$ 49,098) inc. premium
An early 18th century ebonised longcase clock of one month duration
George Graham. The movement and dial numbered 611; the associated Graham case numbered 642
The case with caddy top over brass mounted columns and moulded glazed apertures to a long rectangular door punch numbered to the upright, over a panelled base on a moulded plinth, the 12 inch square brass dial signed along the lower edge and with double screwed Indian-mask-and-foliate spandrels and interspersed by foliate engraving, the maintaining power lever set at IX, the silvered chapter ring with Arabic and Roman numerals and lozenge half hour markers enclosing the finely matted centre with subsidiary seconds and applied oval name plaque, latched to the frontplate of the substantial movement with five massive knopped and latched pillars, 'Grahams' anchor escapement rack striking (the steel rack shaped and chamfered) on a bell, the movement punch numbered to the lower centre edge, 238cm (7ft 10in) high.

Footnotes

  • George Graham (1673-1751) was apprenticed to Henry Aske in 1688 and freed in 1695. The following year he began working for Thomas Tompion, who in his last years took Graham into partnership. After Tompion's death in 1713, Graham continued the business at the dial and three crowns until 1720 when he moved across Fleet Street to the Dial and One Crown.
    George Graham, Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1722 and a member of the Royal Society, made significant contributions to the development of horology with the invention of the mercury compensated pendulum, perfection of the deadbeat escapement and the cylinder escapement in watches. He also received acclaim for his mural quadrants, two of these instruments, made for Royal Astronomers Edmond Halley and James Bradley, can be seen at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

    Jeremy Evans in 'Thomas Tompion at the Dial and Three Crowns', AHS, 2006 pp 83 records this clock as being in the Graham case 642, although it is not known when the two were matched together. Movement number 611 was produced circa 1719; case number 642 was produced just four years later in 1723. The clock was most recently sold in these rooms on 12th December 2006.
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