Height

13¾ inches.

Case

The ebonised fruitwood veneered case with applied silver repoussé mounts to the caddy top with silver double-S scroll handle with thistle bud centre, silver ball finials to the four corners. the glazed front door with silver repoussé sound fret to the top rail with matched applied mount below and silver repoussé escutcheons, glazed sides with applied silver frets above and standing on 4 cast and turned bun feet.

Dial

The 7 inch square brass dial with applied silver winged-cherub spandrels, matted centre with engraved chamfered calendar aperture above VI, chamfered engraved mock-pendulum below XII with silvered engraved backing to signed P Garon London, applied silvered Roman chapter ring with Arabic 5 minute divisions to the outer ring and Tompion-styled sword-hilt half-hour markings complemented by finely pierced and blued-steel hands. Strike silent lever at IX.

Movement

Movement Twin fusee movement with verge escapement and knife-edge suspension, Rack-and-snail hour striking and pull quarter repeat with three hammers sounding on three vertically mounted bells with the hour sounding on a further larger bell. Floral engraved backplate with wheatear border, the centre with Roman soldier in full military dress with leather skirt and breast plate and helmet with feather plumes, holding a staff in one hand and a stylised axe in the other. Signed within a cartouche below Peter Garon London.

Duration

8 days.

Provenance

Anthony Woodburn 2010;
The Haigh Collection UK.

Comparative Literature

Dawson, Drover & Parkes, Early English Clocks, 1982, p. 473.

Notes

Peter Garon was born 1671 and apprenticed to Richard Baker from 1687 to 1694. He was refused freedom as an alien by the Clockmakers’ Company July 1694 but granted freedom of the City by the Lord Mayor, then made freeman of the CC in August the same year, signing the oath of allegiance to the CC in 1697. Although he employed a large number of apprentices it would appear that, like his contemporary, Christopher Gould, he was not a good businessman having been insolvent on two occasions. Fortunately his horological artistry shone through.