The case with oak carcass and gilt decoration over a black lacquer ground. The trunk is flanked by carved ears and centred by the gold painted signature Willm: Murrell HORSHAM. The trunk door has a concave top and is decorated with two raised gilt Chinoiserie figures of a Mother and child, in front of a pagoda-top house with trees in the background. The sides of the case are decorated with gold-painted foliage and the base terminates with a swept concave moulding.
The 25 inch diameter dial has a cream painted ground with Roman & Arabic chapters and well balanced pierced brass heart-shaped hands. The moulded bezel is decorated by a single line of gold paint.
The movement has tapered A-shaped brass plates with a five wheel train with reverse winding. It benefits from having two week duration and it has the original oval brass-covered lead weight with a five-spoke brass pulley.
William Murrell, Horsham circa 1760
A good George III black lacquered tavern clock
William Murrell of Horsham
William Murrell was born in about 1760 in Bolney, about 10 miles south of Horsham, West Sussex. He is recorded as a clockmaker in Horsham but his full dates are not recorded, in fact precious little is known about him. It is quite likely that some diligent research at the Horsham records office will reveal more information.