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The eight-day duration movement, with brass bound weights, strikes the hours on a bell with an inside countwheel. It is fitted with five finned pillars, the centre one being latched.
The ebonised case has a double caddy top to the hood with fretwork to the two friezes and two giltwood ball and spire finials. The ebonised hood pillars have cast brass capitals with a brass escutcheon to the lock. The trunk door has a round lenticle to view the pendulum bob and a decorative cast brass escutcheon in a style much favoured by the top makers of this period; with a plain base standing on applied plinth.
William Tomlinson was a fine maker and is first recorded as becoming a brother of the Clockmakers Company in 1699 and master on the 29th of September 1733. He worked at The Dial & Three Crowns, Birchin Lane, nr Royal Exchange; now in White Hart Court, Gracechurch St.
A Quaker, at some point he retired to Stoke Newington where he died in 1750.
Various clocks by Tomlinson are recorded including:
A fine ebonised bracket clock made circa 1710: Catalogue of clocks for sale, White, Boniface, Thornbury. Date unknown.
A further ebonised bracket clock, with a three train chiming movement, was in the famed pre-war Wetherfield Collection; see W.E. Hurcomb, The Wetherfield Collection of Clocks, second edition August 1929, page 32.
A watch is known presented to the President of Harvard College, Edward Holyoake, after which the outer case was made into a drinking cup.
A watch signed by Tomlinson, and dated 1719, is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
A George II mahogany longcase clock, with moonphase: Sotheby's, Bond Street, 2nd February 1970, lot 213; sold to Pavolini for £210.00.
An almost identical case, and most probably from the same workshops, is shown housing a movement by Charles Goode of London in Derek Roberts, British Longcase Clocks, page 34, where it is suggested that other makers, including Tompion, used this style of case.
|Height||96.00 inch||(243.84 cm)|