Boullework Timepiece by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, 1850
Boullework Timepiece by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, 1850
Boullework Timepiece by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, 1850
Boullework Timepiece by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, 1850
Boullework Timepiece by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, 1850
Boullework Timepiece by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, 1850
Boullework Timepiece by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, 1850

BENJAMIN LEWIS VULLIAMY (1780-1854)

Boullework Timepiece by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, 1850

c. 1850 England

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A fine Boulle inlaid mantel timepiece of small proportions by Vulliamy, London, numbered 1896.

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.
Overhauled and guaranteed for 3 years
Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy was the third generation in his family's clockmaking firm and became clockmaker to King George III and his son, the Prince Regent, later King George IV. Both his father, Benjamin and his grandfather, Justin also held the Royal Warrant serving as clockmakers to Kings George II and III. He became Free of the Clockmakers Company in 1809 and was Master five times before his death in 1854.
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.
Dimensions
Height 24.00 cm (9.45 inches)
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