Delafons, Royal Exchange, London
Delafons, Royal Exchange, London
Delafons, Royal Exchange, London

Delafons, Royal Exchange, London

c. 1800 London

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A fine and rare early English Dial Timepiece with verge escapement. The mahogany case, of double saltbox style, with access doors to the base and right hand side and with very well moulded dial surround. The latter is permanently fixed to the box as is usual when the movement has a verge escapement.

The 12 inch engraved and silvered dial with a fine “weathered” finish, signed as above and with pierced, blued steel hands, is written with Roman numerals with Arabic minutes in the slender outer circle. The cast brass, concave section bezel has its original lock. The 8 day fusee verge movement has 4 pillars and tapered plates.
* Baillie records John Delafons as working in Threadneedle Street and St Swithin’s Lane from 1790, notes his death in 1822 and refers to the award of a prize by the Society of Arts for a watch escapement.

We have records of two other English Dials by this maker, a 16 inch wood dial and an 18 inch wood dial, both with verge escapement and both, as in the present example, signed Royal Exchange without a street name. The 16 inch was in the Strike One definitive exhibition of 1978 – ‘English Dial Clocks’. Ronald E Rose in the standard work English Dial Clocks illustrates only two clocks with a double saltbox case, both with 12 inch silvered dials.
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