c. 1725 to 1735 London

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An important George I period walnut moonphase longcase clock by this famous royal maker.

The oak case is veneered with highly figured walnut of fine rich colour and patination. Standing on a double plinth there is a panelled base and moulded arched trunk door. The hood is flanked by turned columns with doric moulded capitals and bases and has finely carved walnut sound frets. The restored caddy top, with its twin brass ball finials, is detachable.

The 12 inch brass dial is mounted with single pin Indian mask and foliate spandrels, a silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with diamond half hour markers and a subsidiary seconds ring below XII. The dial centre is finely matted and has ringed winding holes and a chamfered date aperture. Within the arch is a penny moonphase dial with the time of high tide in 30 European ports and lunar calendar, flanked by two unusual spandrels depicting a bearded elder. The maker’s signature, Pinchbeck London, above the chapter ring is finely engraved on an applied silvered horizontal disc. The hands are finely wrought and of blued-steel.

The substantial movement is of 8-day duration and strikes the hours on a single bell. As one would expect from a maker of Pinchbeck’s stature the movement is of the highest quality with five ringed pillars, anchor escapement and rack strike. It has a worm drive connected by a steel rod to a wheel to rotate the moon pointer within the arch.

Height: 105 in (268.5 cm)

* There were two famous London clockmakers by the name of Christopher Pinchbeck, as they were father and son. Christopher Pinchbeck Senior was born in 1670 and died in 1732. He is well-known for his astronomical and musical clocks and his invention of a zinc-copper alloy called ‘Pinchbeck’. His son, who was the maker of this fine clock, was born in 1710 and died in 1783. He also called himself ‘Senior’ probably as he had two clockmaker sons, Edward and John.

Christopher Pinchbeck II was also Clockmaker to the King.

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Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks

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