Height

12½ inches

Case

The small gilt-brass bound, ebonised-fruitwood case is surmounted by a foliate handle on a gilt base plate above the bell moulded top with fine quality chased fire-gilded mounts to the front, back and sides, flanked by four gilt-metal flaming urn finials. The break-arch section below with further mounts and canted corners, the glazed doors framed in gilt-brass. The whole clock standing on delicate chased gilt scroll feet.

Dial

The break-arch brass dial with silvered strike/silent subsidiary ring above framed by two chased scroll spandrels, the silvered chapter ring with Roman hours and Arabic minutes and flanked by conforming spandrels. The matted centre inset with a shaped plate below XII, signed William Webster Exchange Alley London with a mock pendulum below and date aperture above VI. The pierced and shaped hands in blued steel.

Movement

The substantial twin fusee movement has five baluster pillars, the going train with knife-edge verge escapement and suspended pendulum. 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 six smaller graduated bells via an engraved pulley to the backplate, which is itself delicately engraved with scrolls and strapwork, signed William Webster Exchange Alley London in a reserve to the centre.

Duration

8 days

Provenance

Raffety & Walwyn
Private collection U.K.