The silver-mounted ebony veneered case is surmounted by a superb repoussé silver foliate and flower basket, hallmarked for William Jennings and 1690 or 1692 (rubbed and unclear), with a silver scroll handle above. The front door with conforming repoussé silver mounts to each rail, the left side with a keyhole for the lock. The sides with silver frets to the lower and upper apertures (the upper frets restored). The base moulding sits on four ebonised bun feet, mounted with silver repoussé foliate caps.
The 7 inch square gilt-brass dial mounted with silver cherubs head spandrels to the four corners and applied with a silvered brass chapter ring with Roman hours and Arabic minutes, signed J Windmills London around VI and with strike/silent lever above XII. The matted centre inset with ringed winding holes, engraved mock pendulum and shaped date aperture.
The substantial twin fusee movement, possibly by Daniel Quare, has five baluster pillars, the going train with knife-edge verge escapement and bob pendulum (restored). The hour train governed by a rack and snail and striking on the larger bell above, while the pull-quarter system, trips the hours and strikes the quarters on a nest of four smaller graduated bells via a pull cord through the base of the case. The backplate is delicately engraved with foliate scrolls and signed J Windmills Londonin a reserve to the centre.The lower section with typical outside set-up click wheels to the barrels with engraved brass click spring.
Private collection U.K, 1949, exhibited Temple Newsam House, cat no.26.
Sotheby’s, 28 Apr 1969, lot 180.
Sotheby’s, 13 Oct 1988, lot 168.
Private collection U.S.A.
J.A. Neale, Joseph and Thomas Windmills: Clock and Watch Makers 1671-1737, AHS, 1999, p.70-71 and col. Pl.3.
Dawson, Drover & Parkes, Early English Clocks, ACC, 1982, plates 537 and 661.
The Silver Windmills, Dated 1690(2)
A very rare silver basket top, striking and pull-quarter repeating ebony table clock.