Height

12 inches.

Case

The red stained Turtle-shell veneered case over an oak carcass with simple ebonised quarter mouldings, gilt repoussé basket mounted by a thistle tied eagle and dolphin handle with acanthus finials, silk lined repoussé sound fret to the glazed front door, rectangular glazed sides and back and standing on brass bun feet with foliate decorations.

Dial

The 6 inch square brass dial with line border, engraved silvered Roman chapter ring with bold fleur de lys half hour markers, Arabic 5 minute divisions winged cherub spandrels. The matted centre with chamfered aperture above VI exposing the engraved silvered Arabic calendar ring with strike/silent above XII complemented by pierced blued-steel hands.

Movement

The twin fusee movement with verge escapement and knife-edge suspension to the bob pendulum. Pull quarter repeat upon three bells with further bell for the hours. The foliage and tulip engraved backplate with central engraved cartouche signed George Stevens in Drewry Lane, London.

Duration

8 days.

Provenance

Christies London, 20th February 2008;

Anthony Woodburn;

The Haigh Collection.

Comparative Literature

Dawson Drover and Parkes, Early English Clocks, p. 456

Notes

George Stevens is recorded as Free of the Clockmakers Company in 1673 and working from his premises in Drury Lane until 1693. He was a known associate of Daniel Quare, and is believed to have died in 1702.

Clocks by Stevens are rare. This early example veneered in turtle-shell appears to be unique. The general case design and mounts can be closely associated with Henry Jones.