Height

8 inches.

Case

The posted frame with tapering brass pillars integrated ball feet and finely turned urn finials, top and bottom plates holding the cruciform movement. The top plate with two iron suspension eyes with iron spurs for wall mounting, latched brass doors with finely engraved frets depicting dolphins and foliage, bearing similarities to the early tusked-boar whale frets.

Dial

The narrow 3½-inch chapter ring with early half hour divisions reminicent of work by Closon, the dial plate finely engraved with tulips, alarm setting disc to the centre, the dolphin fret signed along the lower edge Joseph Knibb, Oxon, Fecit.

Movement

The conventional cuciform-plated movement with knife-edge verge escapement and short bob pendulum, external countwheel striking on the replaced top-mounted bell.

Duration

30 hours.

Provenance

Sotheby’s, London, 17 May 2022, lot 12.

Comparative Literature

RA Lee, Knibb Family Clockmakers, Byfleet, 1964, pp. 157-162.