A Fine Mahogany verge bracket clock
A Fine Mahogany verge bracket clock
A Fine Mahogany verge bracket clock
A Fine Mahogany verge bracket clock
A Fine Mahogany verge bracket clock

A Fine Mahogany verge bracket clock

c. 1780 Birmingham

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A mahogany bell-top bracket clock of lovely colour and patination. The five-pillar, double-fusee movement has the original verge escapement and strikes the hours on a bell with pull repeat, with the backplate fully engraved with floral decoration. The seven-inch break-arch dial has a silvered centre engraved with the maker's name 'Thos Greaves, Birmingham' and with a round date aperture. The silvered chapter ring is engraved with black Roman hour numerals and Arabic five minute markings with decorative blued steel hands, there are floral and 'c-scroll' cast brass spandrels to the four corners, with further spandrels to the arch either side of the silvered and engraved 'strike/silent' dial.
The mahogany bell top case has wooden fretwork to the top corners, a brass carrying handle, wooden block feet and beautifully engraved gilt-brass arched panels to the sides.

Thomas Greaves is recorded as working at 92, High Street, Birmingham from 1770, when he took over the premises from his clockmaker father John, until 1776 when he moved along the road to number 81. He was working here until his death in 1817 at which point his wife Ann continued the business, albeit for only a year. Thomas was the grandson of the clockmaker Thomas Snr, who was in the High Street from circa 1680 until 1715 when his own son, and father of Thomas Jnr, John took over the premises, presumably number 92 as mentioned above.

There are a number of repair marks on the movement:

'JS Watkins March 26, 1824. FW 1169', being the clockmaker John Stickley Watkins who is recorded as working in Birmingham from 1821 until 1857.

C Wilson Dec 5, 1856. 178/688', being the clockmaker Charles Wilson who is recorded as working in Bristol Street from 1833 until 1878.
Fully restored and with a one year guarantee.
Height 17.50 inch (44.45 cm)
Stock Code
Thos. Greaves, Birmingham
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