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The very substantial scroll frame rests on four tiered plinths. The chapter ring, some 12" in diameter, is unusually large, which permits the movement to be displayed within it as fully as possible. Stylised roman numerals are employed. These are engraved on interlinked oval plaques with decorative engraving. The bells are mounted above the movement with the smallest one to the fore. In front of the bells is a 12 pointed blued steel star. Considerable attention is given to the pendulum, the rod being attractively decorated and the substantial bob having a 12 spoked blued steel star on the front. Even the suspension spring is held in place by a brass block in the form of a halberd and is similar in form to the top of the plates.
Chain fusees are employed and the finely executed wheelwork all has six crossings.
(1) A James Crawford is recorded in Scottish Clock and Watch Makers by Donald Whyte as working circa 1850.
Height with/without dome. 26"/22.5" (66/57cms.)