Height

36 inches.

Case

Purpose-made, ebony veneer on oak, a counterpart to the Mostyn Tompion, of two tier form, modelled on the Spanish royal Graham No.521, mounted in parcel-gilt silver, with figure finial on a plinth fronted by the crowned cypher of Prince George of Denmark, the ogee dome with his arms, and with four multi-piece urn finials over twin friezes over Tuscan angle columns to the upper case tier with cast and chased decorative panels to sides and upper back door, the broader lower case tier fronted by a decorative grille, handles at the sides and on a decorative foot with angle volutes, floral swags and centred by Apollo masks; ebony veneered, moulded turntable base.

Dial

Purpose-made 7⅜ by 9 inch (visible) rectangular, 24-hour gilt dial signed for Tho~Tompion & Edw. Banger London on a silver cartouche to the matted centre and weekday cum planet sectors above centre, the fixed inner twice-XII/60 Mean time chapter ring inscribed Tempus Equale with date aperture at nominal VI, a concentric outer, oscillating twice-60 Solar minute ring inscribed Tempus Apparens, the upper subsidiaries for Sil1/6, Son1/6 strike selection and pendulum regulation, flanking a triple calendar sector for the year in the bissextile cycle, the Zodiac, and Julian/Gregorian perpetual calendar marked SV and NV (for Old and New Style), silver double-screwed spandrels, the hour and counterpoised minute hands of blued-steel.

Movement

Multi-layered, of great complexity and unique specification giving year-going, hour and quarter strike, mean and solar time equation against the hands of the dial and true perpetual calendar with month, weekday and date; of massive construction, the inverted-T shaped plates, 10¾ inches wide by 13¼ inches tall, with seven typical finned-baluster pillars, the lower five massive, the upper two more slender, all seven by screwed cup-washers, the lower plate crosspiece with triple massive barrels, fusees and great-wheels, the upper parts of all three trains contained within their own subsidiary, three pillared, plate-assemblies in the vertical part of the main plate frame, the upper wheelwork of very fine gauge, hour striking and quarter striking, with verge escapement and lenticular bob to spring-suspended pendulum with rise-and-fall regulation, a fourth subsidiary calendar train mounted top left with its own subsidiary plate-frame with resting barrel, trip-driving the annual calendar wheel (with unique retractable tooth for true registration of the bissextile), associated equation kidney and 16-year bissextile-wheel assembly in ray-shaped plate extensions with two knopped pillars, in turn driving the right-angle equation rack engaging with the Solar time motion work driving the oscillating minute ring on a three-arm carriage, the lower crosspiece of the movement bearing the original fire-gilt falseplate, exquisitely engraved with two pairs of addorsed caryatid demi-figures within scrolling foliage, strapwork and trailing husks, having a (restored) central oval reserve signed Tho~Tompion & Edw. Banger, London, relieved along its upper edge for the outer winding squares.

Duration

Year.

Provenance

Probably commissioned by Prince George of Denmark, husband of Queen Anne.

Case probably presented to Spanish royal family by George I, circa 1715.

Possibly by descent in the royal family, altered, converted to arched dial and recased in mid-Georgian period (frontplate scratch marked Bullock, 1743).

Possibly worked on by Vulliamy for the Prince Regent in 1810.

The Marquesses of Exeter, Burghley House, by c.1817.

Removed from Burghley case by Payne, c.1860s.

Rediscovered in Lymington, Hampshire, mid-1970s. Marsh of Winchester, mid-1970s, by whom sold, c.1980.

Private collection, USA, c.1980-2004.

Case and dial purpose-made for the Scott Collection, 2012-4.

Dimensions

Height 36 inches, width 17 inches, depth 11¾ inches, including turntable base.

Notes

The work carried out to this historically important year duration table clock started in 2004 when Tom Scott purchased the movement on the advice of Richard Garnier. The originally finished clock would have represented Tompion’s most-ambitious achievement ever and would have been commissioned by Prince George in a conscious surpassing of William III’s year-going Mostyn clock, being of vastly superior complication. Tom’s vision, and the dedicated research by, and under the direction of Garnier, started the long journey of restoration using the finest craftsmen available.

It was not completed until after Tom’s death in 2012, so Tom did not see the end result of his passion and drive, not to mention his funding, but he undoubtedly saved this horological masterpiece, breathing new life into its near-forgotten past.