A very rare late 17th century thirty hour weight driven clock movement with 10 inch square brass dial Attributed to the Knibb workshop

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Lot 147
A very rare late 17th century thirty hour weight driven clock movement with 10 inch square brass dial
Attributed to the Knibb workshop

Sold for £ 7,800 (US$ 10,751) inc. premium
A very rare late 17th century thirty hour weight driven clock movement with 10 inch square brass dial
Attributed to the Knibb workshop
The ten inch square brass dial with single engraved line enclosing four large single engraved flowerheads - one in each corner - connected horizontally by wavy lines and to the upright edges by stylised strapwork, each with shaded petals and a cross-hatched centre, surrounding a heavy Roman chapter ring with dotted minute markers and inner quarter hour track, the centre with a twin-handled urn issuing three large flowerheads, and seven others in profile, all with various degrees of cross-hatching and shading and interspersed by running foliage, attached to the dial by three latched dial feet, the movement with distinctive shaped plates with the upper corners steeply canted, united by four knopped and finned latched pillars (fifth one removed), the anchor 'scape wheel now lacking, but the original steel pallets extant, the backplate cut for their removal, the rear of the pallet arbour cocked on the outside of the backplate, the pendulum (now lacking) suspended from a pillar-like projection above, with outside countwheel strike via a heavy steel hammer (sold with chain and original wooden pulley, but pendulum, weight and hand lacking) The dial 25.5cm x 25.5cm (10in x 10in).

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    This clock is illustrated and discussed in detail in Darken and Hooper, English 30 hour clocks, Penita Books 1997, p51- 54.

    This clock bears remarkable similarities to a clock by Joseph Knibb sold in these rooms on 13th December 2005, lot 147.

    As stated in Darken and Hooper, the vendor believes the clock to have come from the Oxford area and it is an easy assumption to make that it is indeed a clock made by Knibb for sale by someone else. Interestingly, Darken and Hooper also mention another movement with similar type of anchor and the same shape plates signed Abraham Fromanteel (illustrated in K.Bates, Clockmakers of Northumberland and Durham, Pendulum Publications, 1980, Plates 11 and 12).
A very rare late 17th century thirty hour weight driven clock movement with 10 inch square brass dial Attributed to the Knibb workshop
A very rare late 17th century thirty hour weight driven clock movement with 10 inch square brass dial Attributed to the Knibb workshop
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