The hood with single brass finial above a moulded break arch and finely pierced sound frets. The hood door with three quarter columns and gilt-brass capitals. The slim rectangular trunk door having figured veneers framed within a cross-grain walnut moulding. The tapered base with a matching door, above the original double skirted foot.
7 by 9½ inch breakarch dial with a silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with fleur-de-lys half-hour and diamond half-quarter markers, flanked by Indian mask spandrels and enclosing a matted centre with a date aperture below XII and an oval plate above the winding square signed Anthony Bannister, London. The arch with a subsidiary for pendulum regulation flanked by matching spandrels.
The accomplished movement has five knopped pillars held with screwed latches. The five-wheel train has an anchor escapement with a two piece 1¼ second pendulum. The regulation via a snail to a lever mounted above the backcock. The movement is fixed to the original seatboard with two screws into the base pillars.
F.H. Green circa 1930.
Private collector U.S.A.
F.H. Green, Old English Clocks, 1931, pl.XLVII
Country Life Annual 1955, pages 84-87
R.W. Symonds, The Rare Grandmother Clock.
Anthony Banister, London Circa 1730
An exceptionally rare George II miniature month going walnut longcase clock with 1¼ seconds pendulum.
Anthony Banister (Bannister) was apprenticed in 1708 and made a freeman of the Clockmakers Company in 1715, he is last recorded in 1736.
Whilst standard sized longcases were produced in their 1000’s, there are only perhaps 20 or 25 of these period miniature longcases known, of these the vast majority are 8 day duration with a standard 1 second pendulums. This example, of month duration with a 1¼ seconds pendulum, may be unique in this rare genre of miniature longcase.
Becoming particularly popular and sought after in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, large quantities of later copies of were produced and the term ‘Grandmother clock’ was coined.