A rare Charles II longcase clock by one of the most eminent makers of the late 17th century. The case is constructed primarily of oak and veneered with olivewood oysters with ebonized mouldings and inset panels of marquetry to the trunk and base. Standing on bun feet there is a lenticle to the trunk door and the now front-opening hood is flanked by barley twist columns with a sound fret above.

The 10 inch square brass dial is mounted with a silvered chapter ring, seconds ring and cherub and foliage spandrels. The centre is finely matted and had an aperture to view the day of the month. The dial is signed beneath six o’clock by the maker, Charles Gretton, London.

The high-quality, 8-day duration movement includes bolt and shutter maintaining power and hour strike via an outside countwheel. The clock is complete with its original brass cased weights and pendulum.

Date: 1685

Height: 78 in (193 cm)

* Charles Gretton was born in 1649 and was free of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1672. After serving his apprenticeship with Humfrey Downing he established his business in Fleet Street at ‘The Ship’. In 1700 he was appointed Master of the Clockmakers’ Company.
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Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks

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