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The wooden dial is constructed from a single piece of mahogany with concave and convex profile turned into the edge. This detail flows nicely into the contours of the cast brass bezel which is set into a slight recess. There is a cut-out in the recess to take the lock attached to the bezel by which it can be secured. The dial is painted onto the flat finished surface of the mahogany, which retains its original background now with fine craquelure. It is remarkable that a single piece of mahogany over two hundred years old should remain so flat without distortion or cracking through shrinkage and is a testament to the quality and preparation of the material used.
An unusual feature on a dial clock is the inclusion of a holdfast for securing the pendulum whilst in transit. The locking screw which clamps the pendulum to a solid bridge, is accessible through a door cut into the oak backboard.
Early fusee dial clocks are often of higher quality than those produced later in the century. An example of which is the heavy convex cast brass bezel; the hinged ring which holds the glass in front of the dial. As the dial clock came to be made in greater numbers inevitably production techniques became more streamlined and the heavy gauged convex bezel with a sharp faceted cross-section gave way to a simpler, lighter rim of a quadrant section. Cast brass bezels were eventually superseded by a thinner, pressed-out, inferior and less rigid rim to hold the glass. The earlier, heavier bezel with elegant curves makes a much more pleasing feature.
|Height||37.00 cm||(14.57 inches)|
|Width||37.00 cm||(14.57 inches)|
|Depth||16.00 cm||(6.30 inches)|