Architectural case, ebony veneered on oak, with lift-off architectural pediment over a pierced-wood fret frieze with three-quarter corinthian columns above the reverse-breakfront base with central drawer. The veneered flat back with inset door with later raised moulding framing the glazed aperture. The glass with Wetherfield Collection label No. 120.
6¼ by 7⅛ inch rectangular gilt-brass dial with four latched dial feet, very fine all-over matting with a narrow plain border. The silvered brass chapter-ring with trident half-hour divisions and Arabic numerals set within the minute ring, sculpted blued-steel hands, signed to the bottom edge
5½ by 6¾ inch plates with four latched baluster pillars, going train with knife-edge verge escapement with brass bob pendulum, the strike train governed by an engraved outside countwheel striking on the pork-pie bell above. The plain backplate with line border signed in an arc Joseph Knibb London, the numbered countwheel engraved with a central rose.
Wetherfield collection, sale cat. no.120.
Private collection, UK.
Gardiner Houlgate, 24 Feb 2006, lot 610 (£49,402).
WE Hurcomb, The Wetherfield Collection of 222 Clocks, London, 1928, p.67.
Dawson, Drover & Parkes, Early English Clocks, Woodbridge, 1982, p.174-5, pl.236-7, p.332, 326, pl. 473-4.
Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.348-349.
Joseph Knibb, London circa 1670-5
An early ebony architectural striking table clock