Antique tavern timepiece by Thomas Kefford, Royston
Antique tavern timepiece by Thomas Kefford, Royston

THOMAS KEFFORD (worked c.1710-c.1770)

Antique tavern timepiece by Thomas Kefford, Royston

c. 1760 England

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A good and attractive George III period tavern timepiece with shield dial and overall gilt chinoiserie decoration on a black ground by Thomas Kefford of Royston.

The dial is signed at the base 'THOS KEFFORD ROYSTON' and bears gilt Roman hour numerals and Arabic minutes at five minute intervals. The trunk beneath has an arched door decorated with gilt chinoiserie decoration on a black ground depicting a lady within a garden landscape. The sides are painted with chrysanthemums and leafwork.

The 8-day weight -driven timepiece movement has an anchor escapement.

For a similar shield dial tavern clock see Rose, English Dial Clocks (2000), plate 28 (by Matthew Worgan, Bristol, circa 1765).
Thomas Kefford was born in Royston, Hertfordshire, the son of Thomas & Mary Kefford. He worked 'at the Dial in Fore Street' from about 1710 until 1770 and was succeeded by Samual Coxall, one of his apprentices. He died in 1774. He produced both 30 hour and 8 day longcase clocks, tavern clocks, and a miniature alarm timepiece is also recorded. See Loomes, Clockmakers of Britain 1286-1700 (2014), p.303.

See also Martin Gatto, The Tavern Clock (2015), p.141 for description of this clock.
Dimensions
Height 60.00 inch (152.40 cm)
Width 30.00 inch (76.20 cm)
Depth 9.00 inch (22.86 cm)
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