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The case is of the classic style of the late 18th century with a well shaped “bell” top, finely cast brass pineapple finials and central carrying handle. The front door has an inner wooden moulding and finely cut mahogany sound frets.
The arched brass dial has a finely engraved brass centre, rococo spandrels and concentric datework. The maker's signature is engraved on the dial centre between VI and XII. The hands are of blued steel, the hour and minute well pierced and finished.
The double fusee movement has five pillars and a superbly engraved backplate with a Chinese scene and foliate swags in the rococo style, the engraving being repeated on the apron and the securing brackets. The original knife edge verge escapement has a brass pendulum rod with a pear shaped bob. The hours are struck on a bell with Strike/Silent and pull hour repeat.
Date: circa 1780 - 1790
Height: 18 ½ in (45 cm) excluding handle
* The Budgen family are listed on page 117 of Brian Loomes’s ‘Clockmakers of the World’. They spanned most of the second half of the 18th century and this clock was probably made by William Budgen who was a member of the Clockmakers’ Company and working in Croydon, South London from 1750 until 1824.
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