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It has a subsidiary seconds and a date aperture, the corner spandrels of the dial are hand painted with baskets of fruit and leaves and there is a lunar calendar in the arch, painted with a castle in landscape and a masted galleon.
Chiming on the hour, with two weights, pendulum and winding key.
The stunning flame mahogany case is a treat to behold. It has an elegant swan neck cresting with gilt brass roundel`s above turned hood columns, and the case is beautifully inlaid with a satinwood urn, satinwood spandrels, the Prince of Wales feathers and classical crossbanding.
It stands on a plinth base with ogee bracket feet.
Add a touch of elegance to your home with this exquisite clock.
In excellent fully working condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 235 x Width 60 x Depth 27
Dimensions in inches:
Height 7 feet, 8 inches x Width 2 feet x Depth 11 inches
James Howden started as an apprenticed watchmaker in 1764 at the age of 15.
He started under the guidance of Alexander Farquharson but after 7 years with him
he transferred to James Cowan to serve out the remainder of his indenture. In November 1771 he completed his indenture and moved into his own shop and hence started what became a very successful family clock making and jewellery business.
Not satisfied with being an indentured Watchmaker he continued study until he presented his essay to the essay masters in 1775 for the highest qualification in watchmaking.
He opened his shops in the busiest parts of Edinburgh which contributed to his financial success. James Howden died in 1810 passing his business to his two sons James & William.
James Howden Jnr. was a well respected clock & watchmaker of Edinburgh (like his father before him). In January 1828 he took William Brown who had been his assistant for several years as his partner and from then on the business became known as James Howden & Company.
Thomas Sheraton - 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as "best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed." Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called "flame mahogany."
The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.
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