Height

14 inches.

Case

Ebony veneered, the caddy top mounted with foliate and scroll mounts to the front, back and sides surmounted by a stylised mermaid thistle tied handle the corners with urn finials. The sides with silk-lined gilt-brass foliate sound frets with oval aperture with en-suite sound frets above and to the top rail of the glazed front door mounted with chased gilt brass foliate escutcheons and standing on cast gilt brass bun feet.

Dial

The 7½ inch square gilt brass dial with matted centre, ringed winding holes and ornate engraved calendar aperture above VI with engraved Tudor rose to the centre and chamfered wheat ear engraved mock pendulum aperture below XII with blued-steel ground and circular engraved mock pendulum. Applied silvered engraved Roman chapter ring with Arabic 5 minute numerals and Quare’s half hour markers, floral engraved spandrels enclosing the four subsidiary dials for rise and fall regulation, strike silent and double pendulum hold fast with simple blued-steel hands, engraved central Tudor rose, signed below VI Chr Gould Londini Fecit, finely pierced Quare style hands.

Movement

The rectangular plated movement united by 7 turned knopped pillars with pivoted verge rise and fall regulation with spring suspension to the lenticular pendulum, with pull quarter repeat sounding the quarters on five graduated bells with further bell for the hour strike governed by an internal rack with snail mounted to the hour wheel on the front plate. The backplate profusely engraved with scrolls of foliage and stylised tulips, signed within a central cartouche Christop Gould Londini fecit, exposed set up clicks, wheels and blued-steel springs below with frog’s leg pendulum holdfast.

Duration

8 days.

Provenance

Anthony Woodburn;
The Haigh Collection UK.

Literature

Dawson, Drover & Parkes, Early English Clocks, Antique Collectors Club, 1982.

Notes

The movement, dial and hands of this clock bear many similarities to that of Daniel Quare’s work of the period perhaps unsurprisingly, as they worked close to each other.