Exhibit No. 27
14¼ inches (362 mm)
The oak carcass veneered in ebony, the cushion-domed top with foliate scroll mounts to all four sides centred by addorsed animal heads and surmounted by a gilt-metal knopped handle with Quare’s distinctive ringturned decoration and matching turned pommels. The full-height dial door with a pierced sound fret to the top rail, and gilt-metal Tompion-pattern foliate-drop escutcheons with a later ‘winged’ mount on the bottom rail. The case sides with pierced sound frets over rectangular panels, the whole standing on gilt-metal turned bun feet.
The 6½ by 7¼ inch (165 by 184 mm) rectangular gilt-brass dial signed Dan. Quare, London within the foliate-scroll engraved band below the strike/ silent lever and above the silvered chapter ring having triple sword-hilt half hour marks, pierced blued-steel hands, the matted centre with calendar aperture above VI and mock-pendulum aperture below XII. The winding apertures with Quare’s familiar workshop ring turns.
The substantial twin chain fusee movement with six typical Quare ring turned baluster pillars, the going train with knife-edge verge escapement, the strike train governed by a rack and snail and hour-striking on the large bell above, with Quare’s own pull-quarter repeating mechanism sounding on four smaller bells with a cocking lever mounted on the backplate, the backplate itself engraved with a line border and symmetrical, entwining, foliate scrolls and signed Daniel Quare LONDON in a central wheatear bordered oval.
Rack hour striking with Quare’s own pull-quarter repeat
Partridge, New Bond Street, sold 1991 for £29,500;
Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, Quare chapter p.261-312
Dawson, Drover & Parkes, Early English Clocks, 1982, movement illus. and
Knife-edge verge with short bob pendulum
Daniel Quare, London. Circa 1695
A good William III ebony veneered striking verge table clock with pull quarter repeat