Height

17 inches.

Case

Ebony veneers, inverted bell top with acanthus oval handle hinged to bud pommels with rosette baseplates. The cushion moulding with mask, cherubs & foliage mounts to front and female mask and foliage mounts to the sides, cast foliate urn finials on ebony pedestals, front door with gilt-brass cast foliate scroll sound fret to top rail and acanthus spray mount to bottom rail, scroll escutcheons, gilt-brass gadrooned feet, the front door sill stamped 273, rear door with pasted label inside for The British Clockmaker’s Heritage Exhibition, Science Museum, London, 1952 CAT No. 131.

Dial

7¼ x 8 inch dial signed Tho Tompion Londini Fecit within a wheat-ear oval flanked by transposed subsidiary dials for strike/silent and pendulum regulation, restored silvered chapter ring, finely matted centre with mock pendulum and blued-steel hands. Minerva mask & foliage spandrels.

Movement

Wheel trains transposed and fusees reversed, seven latched baluster pillars, over-sized spring barrels and fusees with chains and an additional wheel in both trains, pendulum spring-suspended from a transposed brass regulation bar, the back plate with transposed foliate engraved cocks, quarter repeat via single-cocked interlocking steel levers. Foliate engraved back plate (G.195) signed Tho Tompion LONDINI Fecit and punch-numbered 273 at the base.

Duration

Month.

Provenance

William Paxon, Oxfordshire;

Rudolph Palumbo;

Private collection UK;

The Chelworth House Collection.

Literature

Evans, Carter & Wright, Thomas Tompion 300 years, 2013,  pp. 346-7.

Notes

The Palumbo Tompion is the earliest recorded Phase 3 spring clock, and the only one with a month-going movement. The only other extant month-going Tompion spring clock is No. 187, a Phase 2 example, the property of the National Trust at Lyme Park, Cheshire.

As with his month-going longcase movements, for this month-going spring clock, Tompion transposed the wheel trains with the going on the left and strike on the right.