11½ inches (292 mm)
The case of ebony veneer on an oak carcass with a cushion-moulded top applied with foliate-cast silver dome mounts, surmounted by a fine foliate-tied D-ended silver handle. Typical quadrant main top-moulding, the side apertures glazed and with pull-repeat cords operating to either side, the front door with foliate silver escutcheons and the matching moulded base raised on ebony bun feet, each over-laid with foliate silver mounts.
The 6 inch (152 mm) square dial with four pinned dial feet, fine matting and skeletonised silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with separate lozenge half-hours, intricately pierced and sculpted blued steel hands and silver cherubs head spandrels to each corner.
The substantial brass plates are separated by five pillars rivetted to the backplate, the top pair of typical ringed baluster form, the central one of hexagonal form and the bottom pair square; all pinned to the frontplate. The internal rack strike on the Dutch system on two bells of different tone, large spring barrels with gut lines to the narrow fusees, reconverted verge escapement, the backplate with typical elaborate brass barrel clicks and central wishbone spring, integrated into the backplate border design containing the signature Henricus Jones along the base.
Christie’s, 13th December, 2000, lot 103, sold for £149,681;
Horological Masterworks, 2003, p.154-155
Knife-edge verge with short bob pendulum
Henry Jones, London. Circa 1678
An exceedingly rare Charles II ebony veneered and silver-mounted Dutch-striking verge table clock of small proportions