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The 12” brass dial bears the makers signature on an engraved cartouche in the break-arch of the dial. The wheatear engraving around the edge of the dial complements the count wheel strike chronologically and the two engraved birds within the matted centre gives the clock charm. The chapter ring, which bears the minutes and hours, the seconds and date ring and cartouche are made of engraved brass which is then filled with black wax and finally given a coat of silver paste.
The case is of oak construction, which is then veneered in walnut. The best pieces of burr figured walnut are saved for the front particularly the trunk door the side less seen are of a straighter grain. A feature of early cases, which improves over the decades, is the cross-grained mouldings. These mouldings are made in segments as they are much harder to make as the cabinetmaker had to cut across the top of the grain with his scratch cutter with the risk of the ends splitting and chipping. Over time these segments shrink and move slightly giving the case subtle variation and character. Figured walnut was always prized and it is not uncommon to see the cabinetmaker use every piece of burr, to the untrained eye this may look like patches but they were just trying to cram as much curl into a panel as possible.
|Height||234.00 cm||(92.13 inches)|
|Width||52.00 cm||(20.47 inches)|
|Depth||26.00 cm||(10.24 inches)|