An unusual English mahogany longcase regulatorsigned on the dial  "Richard Bridgman, London", case and movement, circa 1800, the escapement and pendulum, mid 19th century

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Lot 61
An unusual English mahogany longcase regulator
signed on the dial "Richard Bridgman, London", case and movement, circa 1800, the escapement and pendulum, mid 19th century

Sold for US$ 7,320 inc. premium
An unusual English mahogany longcase regulator
signed on the dial "Richard Bridgman, London", case and movement, circa 1800, the escapement and pendulum, mid 19th century
The case with shallow arched hood above fluted chamfered corners flanking the conforming door, trunk now with arched glazed door, the paneled plinth with shaped skirt, the dial signed in the arch over 60-minute ring enclosing hour and seconds rings, blued steel hands, movement with concave upper corner to the rectangular plates, five knopped pillars, dead beat escapement with jeweled pallets in the V-shaped anchor, the arbor pivoted in substantial back cock, steel crutch with brass fork, cast iron pendulum support planted on the adapted seat board, roller suspended steel graham pendulum with rod passing through the gilt brass mounted glass jar to form index to the silvered beat scale, brass weight and pulley. 78 ¾ in. [200 cm] high 19 in. [48.3 cm] wide 9 ¼ in. [23.5 cm] deep

Footnotes

  • The present clock is apparently the shop regulator of Richard Bridgman (d.1904), a highly respected maker to the trade during the latter part of the 19th century. The clock was adapted by Bridgman, whose signature on the dial is actually engraved over another, previously removed. Improvements included the substantial jeweled anchor, partially end capped train, steel crutch and cast iron bracket to support a new pendulum.

    David Penney records him as a maker of fine watches, clocks and chronometers. A member of the BHI, he was for many years with McCabe and afterwards "Practical Manager' at the firm of Charles Frodsham. He also designed a 'new caliper' manufactured by Nicole Nielsen & Co and designed specialist tools for poising and a lever escapement anglemeter. Made redundant by Frodsham, he started work with A. E. Brindle at 45 Haymarket, London.

    Vaudrey Mercer records that he was a frequent supplier to Frodsham between 1882 and 1890
An unusual English mahogany longcase regulatorsigned on the dial  "Richard Bridgman, London", case and movement, circa 1800, the escapement and pendulum, mid 19th century
An unusual English mahogany longcase regulatorsigned on the dial  "Richard Bridgman, London", case and movement, circa 1800, the escapement and pendulum, mid 19th century
An unusual English mahogany longcase regulatorsigned on the dial  "Richard Bridgman, London", case and movement, circa 1800, the escapement and pendulum, mid 19th century
An unusual English mahogany longcase regulatorsigned on the dial  "Richard Bridgman, London", case and movement, circa 1800, the escapement and pendulum, mid 19th century
An unusual English mahogany longcase regulatorsigned on the dial  "Richard Bridgman, London", case and movement, circa 1800, the escapement and pendulum, mid 19th century
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