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.
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.
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.
Raffety & Walwyn
William Webster, London Circa 1740
A very small and pretty ebonised and ormolu mounted, striking and pull-quarter repeating table clock.