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The well proportioned ebonised case has round side frets, a brass carrying handle and original pineapple finials to the inverted bell top and stands on ogee bracket feet.
The brass and silvered dial has two subsidiary dials within the arch for rise/fall and strike/silent which are set between the maker's signature engraved above the XII. The finely matted centre has two ringed winding holes within a silvered chapter ring and gilded foliate spandrels.
The elaborate back-plate is profusely engraved with foliate scrolls and the maker's signature 'Geo. Lindsay Watchmaker to His Majesty London' This clock has pull quarter repeatwork on six bells in very original condition.
'For a maker of some distinction, very little seems to be known about George Lindsay. Baillie records him first in 1743 - by which time, presumably, he was well established in business and he is known to have died in 1776. His watch papers carry the description 'G. Lindsay, watch maker to His Majesty and Her Royal Highness the Princess Dowager of Wales, at the Dial in the Strand'.
The rest of our present knowledge is drawn from his surviving work of which there is a fairly representative quality. This ranges from the very large and fine organ clock, which was one of Courtenay Ilbert's favourites and is now in the British Museum, to a smattering of good ordinary watches, of which there is a fairly typical example in the Clockmakers' Company Collection.
He seems to have enjoyed making musical clocks, however. Ilbert's clock has an eight day striking movement, this on a bell, with the organ element playing a selection of eight tunes, the chosen one being repeated three times automatically every three hours.
Another musical clock of his make, this time in a fine mahogany longcase, plays a selection of six tunes on twelve bells, but employing thirteen hammers, the extra hammer permitting a fast staccato effect on one bell. Despite his eminence, George Lindsay's work is unrepresented in the Royal Collection today'.
|Height||16.00 inch||(40.64 cm)|