Dwerrihouse, Berkley Square
Dwerrihouse, Berkley Square

Dwerrihouse, Berkley Square

c. 1790 London

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DWERRIHOUSE BERKLEY SQUARE. A very fine and rare, miniature Timepiece/Alarm Lantern in an
exceptional state of preservation.
The Arched Dial 5 ½ inches by 3 ¾ inches and beautifully engraved with scrolling leaves is signed as above on a boss in the arch. Silvered chapter ring engraved with Roman numerals and simple ½ hour divisions. The alarm disc in the well matted centre is engraved with the traditional Arabic numerals and is set against the tail of the pierced, blued steel hand.
The Case is remarkable in retaining both of its original, lift out side doors on which is repeated the engraving on the dial plate with rather more elaborate flourishes, together with the securing catches. In contrast with the usual, and sometimes rather crude spikes or spurs, they are here of brass with carefully chamfered edges and points. The clock is suspended from a cut-out in the extended top plate.
The Verge Movement of 30 hours duration has a chain drive to the going train and rope to the alarm which sounds on the top mounted bell by means of a well shaped, double ended hammer.
The Dwerrihouse, or sometimes Dwerryhouse family is recorded under the family name or in various partnerships from before 1773 till 1840. The first, John the maker of this clock who was free of the Clockmakers Company from 1781 to 1805, is shown by Baillie as in business in Charles Street, which adjoins Berkley Square, although in our experience the vast majority of his clocks were actually signed Berkley Square. He was well known as a maker of Bracket clocks, Watches and Wall clocks. We have records of selling no less than 8 Tavern clocks and 2 Trunkdials by him since 1978, all of the finest quality as to both cases and movements. On the other hand we can find no record of a comparable miniature Lantern and this superb example must have been a special request, probably from a regular customer.
Dwerrihouse, Berkley Square
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks

Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks
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