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Much has been written about this maker in ' Old Scottish Clockmakers' 1453 - 1850 by John Smith, which was published in 1975. ISBN 07158 1086 3 (UK) pages 166 - 168 where one of his clocks is illustrated.
He was apprenticed to Andrew Brown on 3rd November 1688 and in 1703 presented his essay, 'A Pendulum Clock With Alarm and Short Swing' which was well thought of and he was admitted as a Freeman of The Clockmakers Company and then had to pay the 'Boxmaster' the sum of one hundred and six pounds, thirteen shillings and four pennies! (Scots.)
On 12th April 1712, he had to pay the 'Boxmaster' 'thirteen shillings sterling for being absent twenty- six times' before he could get his apprentice, William Murray, discharged. Some indication of his skill was his advertisement in The Caledonian Mercury on 14th October 1728 offering a reward of five guineas for a gold watch he had made which was either lost or stolen. He died in 1743 having been in business for some forty years.
This very impressive table clock has a finely executed two tier basket caddy top, the upper one being surmounted by a carrying handle resting on a platform with finials to the four corners. In the centre of both the upper and lower parts of the fretted caddy are female mask heads. There are ornate finials to the corners of the lower tier of the caddy. The four sides of the front door are decorated with fine fretwork and the clock rests on small block feet.
The 7" square dial has spandrels to the four corners featuring a crown and crossed sticks. The chapter ring has a small cut-out to the top for strike/silent and there are crossed sticks to the centre with a crown above.
The chapter ring has Arabic numerals for the minutes and Roman for the hours. There is also a half hour mark. Below 12 o'clock is an aperture for the ' mock bob ' and another one, immediately above 6 o'clock, for the date.
The two train movement, with verge escapement, has pull-quarter repeat on six bells and the movement is held in place by two turn buckles. There was also originally a bolt to the base.
Height with / without handle : 18" / 16" ( 46 / 40.5 cm.)
|Height||40.50 cm||(15.94 inches)|
|External Height||46.00 cm||(18.11 inches)|