Height

11 inches.

Case

The ebony veneered case surmounted by a gilt ‘foliate tied’ handle with turned base plates above the cushion moulded top, with fine fire-gilded cast foliate dome mounts to the front and sides. The front door with typical gilt S-scroll winged cherub head escutcheons, the left escutcheon swivelling to reveal the lock. The top rail of the door is inset with a pierced ebony sound fret.

Dial

The 6 inch square fire-gilt brass dial signed Joseph Knibb, London along the lower edge below a silvered chapter ring with Roman hours and half hour marks, the Arabic 5 minutes within the outer division ring and typical blued-steel hands, flanked by gilt winged cherub’s head spandrels to the corners. The dial back has three latched feet and two turn-screws to secure movement to the case.

Movement

The twin fusee movement has typical fine and light-gauge plates with five latched vase-shaped pillars. The going train with restored knife-edge verge escapement and bob pendulum, the strike train governed by a later countwheel, slotted and engraved for Dutch striking, the hours struck on the larger bell and the half hours struck on the smaller. The backplate is symmetrically engraved with tulips and scrolling foliage, and is signed in the centre Joseph Knibb Londini Fecit in a downward arc.

Duration

8 days.

Provenance

Anthony Woodburn;
The Richard Thompson Collection.

Comparative Literature

RA Lee, The Knibb family Clockmakers;

Dawson Drover & Parkes, Early English Clocks, pp. 332-333.