Height

11¾ inches.

Case

The breakarch rosewood veneered and brass inlaid case, with single brass-bound pad top and surmounted by a brass handle over the main cornice. The front with brass canted corners and inlaid with stylised symmetrical brass stringing, around a circular brass cast bezel with convex glass and lock to the side. The sides with glazed arched apertures, and the arched rear door inset and glazed. The moulded plinth, with brass inlay to the front, above brass bun feet, screwed into brass plates. Supplied with a later matching wall bracket.

Dial

The 4½ inch circular white vitreous enamel dial with Roman hours and outer minute divisions, signed Thwaites & Reed, CLERKENWELL, LONDON, indicated by finely pierced blued-steel moon hands, and with hidden Strike/Silent lever above.

Movement

The slender and complex movement with triple fusees and spring barrels, the shaped rectangular stepped plates united by four short baluster brass pillars. The going train with gilt-brass circular plated jewelled lever escapement, mounted vertically to the top of backplate. The two strike trains governed by racks; the quarters sounding via a large pinwheel on eight bells; the hours struck on a separate larger bell mounted vertically to the rear. The stepped backplate, shaped to take the run of quarter bells, with border engraving and signed Thwaites & Reed, Clerkenwell, LONDON to the lower section.

Duration

8 days.

Provenance

Private collection, UK.

Comparative Literature

RE Rose, English Dial Clocks, Antique Collectors Club 1978. Thwaites & Reed numbering system from 1761-1910.