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The Bradby Tompion, No. 391 circa 1703

The Bradby Tompion, No. 391 circa 1703

A Phase 2 mid-size ebony and gilt-brass mounted striking spring clock with pull-quarter repeat

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Height

13 inches

Case

Ebony on oak, the domed top with foliate-tied handle, sides with pierced-wood sound frets, front door with scroll escutcheons, on ebony block feet.

Dial

5¾ by 6¾ inch gilt-brass dial with three latched feet, signed Tho. Tompion LONDINI Fecit within a wheatear oval flanked by strike/silent and pendulum regulation rings, double-screwed ornate foliate spandrels, silvered chapter-ring with blued-steel hands, mock pendulum and pinhole calendar apertures in matted centre.

Movement

5½ by 7 inch plates with engraved backplate (G.195) signed Tho. Tompion LONDINI Fecit in a cartouche within profuse foliate and scroll engraving, punch-numbered 391 at the base. Seven latched baluster pillars and twin fusees, going train with pivoted verge escapement and spring-suspended lenticular pendulum, rise-and-fall lever with pinion adjustment through the dial. Strike train governed by rack-and-snail sounding the hours on the larger bell, Tompion’s pull-quarter system repeating the quarters on the smaller bell via double cocked interlocking levers.

Duration

8-day.

Provenance

Bishop Richard Pococke 1704-1765, purchased secondhand, possibly from Graham, thence by female descent to the Bradby family.

Rev. Dr. Bradby c.1890, thence still by family descent and sold, Sotheby’s 22nd February 1990, lot 316 (£167,250).

Literature

Evans, Carter & Wright, Thomas Tompion 300 years, 2013, illust. p.154, 185.

Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.90-93.

Escapement

Pivoted verge.

Seatboard punched 577, possibly indicating an exchange or repair in Graham’s workshop ledger, circa 1716.

Entry in D Desbois & Sons ledger, 18 Feb 1891: Rev Dr. Bradby of St. Katherine’s Dock House [London, LMA, GB 0074 CLC/B/064].

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Product Description

Seatboard punched 577, possibly indicating an exchange or repair in Graham’s workshop ledger, circa 1716.

Entry in D Desbois & Sons ledger, 18 Feb 1891: Rev Dr. Bradby of St. Katherine’s Dock House [London, LMA, GB 0074 CLC/B/064].

Additional information

Dimensions 5827373 cm