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The case of rich colour and figure has a chisel foot with access door and a crisp moulding to the front and sides above. The one piece apron with elegant “ears” is a feature of the finest early trunkdials. Access doors to the movement are provided to both sides of the case, typical in striking clocks.
The one piece wood dial 18 ¾ inches in diameter is written in Roman numerals on the original, lightly crazed, white ground. Single crossing minutes circle with outside five minute markings. The signature as above is written above and below the dial centre. Slender brass hands with delicate heart tips to both. Well turned, massive brass bezel perfectly matching the very narrow wood surround.
The 8 Day fusee movement with 5 pillars has an anchor escapement with rack hour strike on a bell. Flat steel pendulum rod with fine, heavy, brass faced bob.
Date: circa 1805
Height: 28 ½ in (72 cm)
Max width: 20 ¾ in (53 cm)
* John Dwerrihouse was at 23 Charles Street, Berkeley Square from 1770 to 1805. Dwerrihouse & Carter, who typically signed just Berkeley Square as their address, were in business from 1802 to 1823 (Baillie) The partnership appears to have produced principally bracket clocks, watches and the finest wall clocks.
Our records over the past 35 years record just two trunkdials by the partnership (one with a 16 ½ inch wood dial) but no less than 8 tavern clocks, all of the very best quality. This clock has the largest dial (whether wood or iron) that we have ever been able to offer, all the rarer by virtue of its hour striking movement.
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks
123 Kensington Church Street
Saturday by appointment