The typical Graham ‘mid-sized’ case is constructed with an oak carcass with ebonised mouldings and ebony veneers, it has an inverted bell top, which is surmounted by a typical Graham pattern ‘foliate-tied’ D-ended handle with rosette terminals, all in silver. The front door has typical ‘scroll’ escutcheons; the left escutcheon pierced for the inverted spring lock, these and the front door hinges are also in silver. The top rail of the door is inset with a finely chased silver ‘satyr mask’ sound fret and the door glazing is framed by beautifully crafted delicate ebony mouldings – with identical matching mouldings to the break-arch sides and rear door apertures. The dial mask is set with a pierced ebony sound fret and the moulded base of the case rests on moulded block feet.
The 5½ x 6½ inch dial is beautifully signed Geo Graham London in flowing script flanked by subsidiary dials for strike/silent and pendulum regulation with the original blued steel hands. The silvered chapter ring has Roman & Arabic chapters and fine quality blued steel hands, the centre is finely matted and has apertures for the mock pendulum and calendar, above and below the centre. Silver ‘mask-and-foliate’ spandrels flank the chapter ring to the lower corners and quarter silver spandrels to the upper sections. The dial plate is held to the movement front plate by means of three latched feet. The back of the dial with various clockmakers scratch marks including; 18th Century – Chaple &Plaskett, 19thCentury – Skerry, dated 1804and 20thCentury – Galbraith, dated 1902.
The substantial plates with 7 knopped and latched pillars, the two trains have spring barrels and fusees with the original chain lines. The going train has the original verge escapement and the strike train peels the hours on the larger of the two bells. The original pull quarter repeat is based on Tompion’s exceptional quality all-or-nothing system with complex cantilevered bars on the front plate and interlocking double-cocked blued steel levers on the backplate with pull cords to either side. The plain backplate is signed Geo Graham Londonin lovely flowing script and stamped 775to the centre of the stepped base. The movement is secured within the case by means of two bolts into the base pillars and two shaped brass movement brackets in the sides of the case.
The Beach Graham, No.775 Circa 1750
A very rare, silver-mounted, ebony striking table clock with Graham’s all-or-nothing pull-quarter repeat.
This is one of only two known fully silver-mounted table clocks by George Graham, the clock is exceptionally original with just one replacement pinion to the strike train (warning pinion), but this has the original wheel re-used and mounted on it.