The arched head with square sounding box strikes on the hour. Turned, ionic columns flank the door to an eight-day arched dial movement with silvered chapter ring and Roman numerals. Cast pierced figurehead spandrels to each corner and dolphin frets to the arched dial. Seconds recorded by small secondary dial, calendar date aperture below and outer ring records the minutes. The case of solid walnut with walnut crossbanding to door, trunk and plinth. Dial inscribed: Jno Berry Manchester and with Latin inscription 'Transit Hora Sine Mora' - Time Passes Without Delay.
English, circa 1740 – 1760
Height 92” (234cm) Width 19” (48cm) Depth 10” (26cm), The Dial Diameter 12” (31cm)
Stock No. 9502
The Dissenting Minister and doctor, James Clegg (1679 - 1755), of Chapel en le Frith, recorded in his daily diary, which he wrote between 1727 and 1755, that 'John Berry was a watchmaker and printer whose premises, known as ‘The Dial’, were situated near the Cross in Manchester, and opposite the Angel Inn'. It is also recorded that the same John Berry was also responsible for printing the Lancashire Journal from that same address in 1738. Forming a partnership with a Russel Casson, he was to become a mapmaker of repute, producing one of three maps of Manchester and Salford, the earliest in 1741 and the last in 1751. In his 'Essays & Addresses' (1950), Herbert McLachlan states that the clock in the centre of Cross Street Chapel in Manchester, was constructed by John Berry in 1730. At the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th, a John Berry was working in London as a clockmaker, working from an address known as 'The Dial', St Clements Lane, Lombard Street. The clocks he was producing there until circa 1730 are remarkably similar, and bearing many identical characteristics, to those made by John Berry of Manchester from thereon in. Whilst bearing in mind that both called their working premises ‘The Dial’, we consider that they could be, in fact, one and the same clockmaker, or, to be more accurate, John Berry Snr (c1670 – ?) and/or John Berry Jnr (c1698 – c1765). John Berry Snr was apprenticed to eminent clockmaker John Ebsworth in August 1684, free in April 1692, and was to become Master of the Clockmaker’s Company in 1723.