Fusee bracket clock signed John Grant.
Fusee bracket clock signed John Grant.
Fusee bracket clock signed John Grant.
Fusee bracket clock signed John Grant.
Fusee bracket clock signed John Grant.
Fusee bracket clock signed John Grant.
Fusee bracket clock signed John Grant.

Fusee bracket clock signed John Grant.

1790 Fleet street London.

Offered by Neill Robinson Blaxill F.B.H.I.

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Two train eight-day fusee movement striking on a bell. John Grant was a fine clockmaker and this is evident in some of the features of this clock. The movement is numbered 521, which is engraved with the signature on the backplate in an ornamental cartouche, the engraving continues around the edges of the backplate and brackets as well as the pendulum bob. The steel rod pendulum is equipped with a locking bridge and knurled nut for the purpose of securing the movement during transportation. The clock is fitted with a strike-repeat facility, which will strike the last hour via the repeat cord visible beneath the case.
The stylistic and aesthetic quality of John Grant is evident from the dial assembly and arrangement. Enamel dials are an unusual feature and difficult to produce to a high quality as the process involves firing vitreous glazes to high temperatures which can easily distort. The dial of this clock is unrestored and keeps the hard finish of the original enamel although there are some minor scratches below the bottom right winding hole. The finish and polish of this dial are perfect with no undulations sometimes seen when the copper base distorts with heat, both side of the dial were glazed to help keep the copper stable during firing. It is preferable to leave the scratches as part of the original surface rather than repair with soft lacquers which cover the whole dial area. The blued steel hands are delicately proportioned with symmetrical tear-dropped tips. The numerals are beautifully balanced with the Roman numerals for the hours and Arabic for the five-minute intervals, (this arrangement appears to have discontinued after the early 1800”s). The two rows of numerals are separated by an understated minute track. The chief feature however is the perfectly executed signature, address and number between the dial centre and 12 o’clock the proportions of which appear to be unique to John Grant.
The minimalist case seems to have taken its inspiration from the milestone more commonly referred to by the French appellation “borne.” The shape of the case is mirrored in the plates of the movement, which continues the theme. The case is veneered in partridge wood, imported from The West Indies and South America, which takes its name from the resemblance to partridge feathers. The veneers are edged with boxwood and satinwood cross banding. This case is decorated with cast brass ogee feet, fish scale frets and low profile cast brass bezel, complete with lock and ivory escutcheon.
Fully working with a Two year guarantee. The clock has been serviced many times in its history much evidence of which are the 19th century scratch marks on the back of the dial plate and front plate. The earliest is 1824.
Height 27.50 cm (10.83 inches)
Width 26.00 cm (10.24 inches)
Depth 17.00 cm (6.69 inches)
John Grant Fleet Street, London. No. 521.
Neill Robinson Blaxill F.B.H.I.

Neill Robinson Blaxill F.B.H.I.
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