Height

7½ inches.

Case

The ebony veneered case with shallow moulded caddy and pierced-brass top mounted with a brass ring-trunnion handle, with rotating ball and cup. The flat top with four brass compressed-ball finials. The front door glazed and latched with a pierced brass fret to the top rail, with matching brass frets to the sides, and a simple latched glazed back door, over the main base moulding, all standing on four conforming brass pad feet.

Dial

The 3½ inch square brass dial with matted centre and applied silvered engraved brass Roman chapter ring having line engraved quarter hour divisions with stylised sword-hilt half-hour markers, indicated by a well-pierced blued-steel hand and silvered engraved brass Arabic alarm dial to the centre with simple engraved spandrels to the polished corners, and fixed to the movement with latched dial feet.

Movement

The rectangular plates held by four latched baluster pillars, with a spring-barrel driving the strike train, and chain-driven fusee for the going train, which has a verge escapement with large vertically mounted steel balance with four delicately pierced spokes held by a large pierced and engraved vertical balance cock with Arabic engraved regulation sector below, numbered 1-9, and steel index above. The backplate mounted with a silvered and engraved brass double-screwed cartouche, signed Willem Bramer, Campen & Zwolle.

Duration

30-hour.

Provenance

Private collection UK.

Notes

Willem Bramer Sr. of Kampen and Zwolle, was born in 1660 and worked as watch and clockmaker, but is also recorded as a scientific instrument maker. In 1728, Zwolle City Council commissioned Bramer to make a clock for the Aldermen’s room, where they met, and the city’s Coat of Arms was carved in wood above the dial. Willem Bramer was buried in the Bethlehemkerk in Zwolle on 4 November 1734.