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Exhibit № 15. Andrew Prime, London, Circa 1670

Exhibit № 15. Andrew Prime, London, Circa 1670

A rare Charles II twelve-hour hour striking longcase clock movement with alarm

£15,000


Height

7 foot 1½ inches (2170 mm)

Case

The later purpose-made case with architectural pediment and gilt-metal mounts, the rising hood resting on the convex moulding, above the panelled rectangular trunk door with similarly panelled sides, cavetto/ovolo mouldings to the conforming plinth, on brass bun feet.

Dial

The 11 inch (280 mm) square brass dial profusely engraved with tulips, daffodils and scrolling foliage, signed below the centre within a drapery lambrequin Andrew Prime Londini Fecit. The narrow silvered brass chapter ring with internal quarter division ring, Roman hours and trident half-hour marks, the single blued steel hand with large tail to set against a Tudor rose engraved central alarm disc with Roman hours, the spandrels each engraved with cornucopiae emanating tulips.

Movement

The posted frame movement with brass pillars of rectangular section secured with screwed nuts to the top and bottom plates, the trains held within three vertical bar-plates; the going to the front; the striking to the back; and the alarm outside the rear bar-plate. The recent anchor escapement with long pendulum (originally intended to have a balance wheel, but at one stage had a verge), countwheel hour strike and alarm on the large bell with half-hour passing strike on a smaller bell.

Duration

12-hour

Provenance

1970, M. G. Hutton Esq.;
The Vitale Collection, Part II, 26th November 1996, lot 246, sold for £8,439;
The John C Taylor Collection, inventory no.38

Literature

Antiquarian Horology, June 1970, (illus.) p.452;
Dawson, Drover & Parkes, Early English Clocks, p.220, 224-226, pl.299-301;
Tom Robinson, The Longcase Clock, 1995, p.42-3, fig.2/23;
Horological Masterworks, 2003, (illus.) p.94-97;
Garnier & Hollis, Innovation & Collaboration, 2018, (illus.) p.243

Escapement

Anchor with one second pendulum (previously balance, and then verge)

Strike Type

Countwheel hour strike with half-hour passing strike on a smaller bell

Exhibited

2003, Oxford & Liverpool, Horological Masterworks, exhibit no.21;
2018, London, Innovation & Collaboration, exhibit no.61

Andrew Prime (1619-1710) was in the circle of pioneers involved in early English clockmaking. Born in 1619, he was the son of a Norwich weaver and apprenticed in 1632 to Abraham Boyce of the Blacksmiths’ Company and made free in 1641. Prime was closely associated with the Fromanteels, whose family also came from Norwich. He was made free of the Clockmakers’ in 1646 and, in the same year, Prime married Ahasuerus Fromanteel’s sister, Elizabeth. They had three children, the youngest of which, Abraham, worked for his father. Despite protestations, in 1674, Prime was made Assistant of the Clockmakers’, but never attended meetings and may have left London. Prime died in Norwich in 1710, having spent his later life there.

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Andrew Prime (1619-1710) was in the circle of pioneers involved in early English clockmaking. Born in 1619, he was the son of a Norwich weaver and apprenticed in 1632 to Abraham Boyce of the Blacksmiths’ Company and made free in 1641. Prime was closely associated with the Fromanteels, whose family also came from Norwich. He was made free of the Clockmakers’ in 1646 and, in the same year, Prime married Ahasuerus Fromanteel’s sister, Elizabeth. They had three children, the youngest of which, Abraham, worked for his father. Despite protestations, in 1674, Prime was made Assistant of the Clockmakers’, but never attended meetings and may have left London. Prime died in Norwich in 1710, having spent his later life there.

Additional information

Dimensions 5827373 cm