A fine early 19th century mantel clock by P G Dodd, the black ebonised case detailed with polished brass stringing. The case stamped with the retailers number *90*8834 and a further plaque on the interior reading "Percy Webster Clock Maker 87 Gt Portland Street. No 8834". The arched breakfront top surmounted by a brass finial, on a plinth base with reticulated sound frets to the sides, raised on four bun feet, the painted dial signed and with Roman numerals, the fusee eight day movement.
Percy Webster was one of the leading experts, dealers and collectors of fine antique clocks, he was appointed Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1926. The Percy Webster clock collection was kept intact at his house in Leverstock Green until after the death of his brother Malcolm in 1953, when it was ultimately sent to Sotheby’s for auction. The collection was so comprehensive that it was split into two parts and sold on two separate days. A complete write-up of the auctions was given by James Oakes in Antiquarian Horology in June 1954 and December 1954 respectively. From these descriptions can be seen the importance of the collection to the world of horology, as well as indicating a measure of the Websters’ standing and wealth. The final sum realised from the sale reached over £31,000 – a sum which in today’s world would have the purchasing power of nearly half a million pounds. Clocks from the Webster collection are recorded in numerous Museums, including nine clocks and watches at the British Museum.
Phillip George Dodd recorded Apprenticed London 1816, later Phillip George & Sons, London recorded working 1863-1881. He is recorded in the 1851 Great Exhibition catalogue as a silversmith, watchmaker and jeweller.