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The waisted case is mounted with ormolu mounts, the gilding in excellent condition and with well cast foliate scrolls and flowerheads to each of the four corners.
The red tortoiseshell body of the clock is decorated with elaborately pierced brasswork with engraved details. The shaped rear door is an elaborate gilt brass fretwork.
The signed solid silver 3½-inch dial has an engine-turned centre with original blued steel moon hands.
The single chain fusee movement is also signed and numbered, VULLIAMY 1896 with half deadbeat escapement, to the original numbered pendulum.
The numbering system used on Vulliamy clocks was introduced by Benjamin Vulliamy in 1788 and was continued by his son Benjamin Lewis. The Vulliamy firm kept ledgers which contain comprehensive details of the process involved in the creation of the clocks, including the time taken to make the individual elements, the outside suppliers and the purchasers. Although many of the records have been lost, the ledgers which relate for the years 1797 to 1806 and 1820 to 1831 have survived and are in the possession of the British Horological Institute. In researching the system ('Vulliamy Clock Numbering'), Antiquarian Horology, Vol.XXI, No.5, Autumn 1994, pp.427-429), Roger Smith has used the surviving data to compile a graph from which unrecorded clocks can be fairly accurately dated. Using this information the present clock No. 1897 would appear to be one of the last clocks made by the Vulliamy family, dating from around 1850.
|Height||24.00 cm||(9.45 inches)|
Carlton Clocks Ltd.
Chalfont Station Road