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The case with brass finials to the swan neck pediment supported on brass-capped columns, the arched waist door centred by inlaid shell motif, flanked by fluted quadrants, with similar inlay to the panel base, sits on ogee bracket feet.
The brass dial with silvered roman chapter ring, with main plate to centre bearing the name of 'Benson, Whitehaven', subsidiary seconds dial, and a beautiful bust portrait to the aperture in the arch, mask and foliate spandrels, the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with blued steel hands, strike/silent ring in the arch, the five pillar movement with rack strike on a bell and anchor escapement.
There is an invoice attached to the inside of the door showing that it was sold in 1925 by Horne & Sons of Leyburn, Yorkshire.
It is a very handsome piece which will enhance any surroundings.
It has been beautifully restored and it is in working condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 230 x Width 48 x Depth 33
Dimensions in inches:
Height 90.6 x Width 18.9 x Depth 13.0
John Benson was a famous English clock maker who worked and lived in Whitehaven. He became a highly skilled and much respected clockmaker, and his work was mainly in brass dial 8 day clocks with rolling moons for the upper market.
Many have centre calendar work and simple rise/fall, ebb/flow, tidal indicators, and include clocks with music, quarter -chiming and astronomical indications. About twenty clocks have been noted by him including one with quarter chimes and music, all of fine quality, often in superior red walnut or mahogany cases.
Benson was married in 1750 and died in 1798.
His work can be seen in the main hall of 10 Downing Street the residence of The Prime Minister where its chimes irritated Winston Churchill so much that he had the musical machinery turned off.
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