HUMFREY ADAMSON Charles II period
HUMFREY ADAMSON Charles II period
HUMFREY ADAMSON Charles II period

HUMFREY ADAMSON Charles II period

c. 1680 to 1685 London

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A fine Charles II period ebony veneered table clock of rare small size.

The fully restored eight day verge movement strikes the hours on a single bell and has pull quarter repeat work on two bells. The beautifully mellow dial has winged cherub corner spandrels and a chapter ring with sword hilt half hour markers, a narrow inside quarter hour band and a similar outer band for the minutes. There is also an inset date aperture below XII and the finely wrought hands are of blued steel.

The diminutive square dial case is constructed primarily of oak and veneered with ebony. The shallow domed top has a gilt carrying handle and gilt brass mount. At the top of the front door there is an inset brass sound fret.

The backplate is exquisitely engraved with scrolls of foliage and tulips and the maker’s name is engraved in a lambrequin below the numbered and engraved countwheel.

Height: 11 ¼ in (29 cm) excluding handle
Depth: 6 ½ in (16 ½cm)
Width: 9 ¼ in (23 ½ cm)

* Humfrey Adamson was a fine maker who never entered the Clockmakers’ Company having been apprenticed through the Goldsmiths Company in 1661. He is said to have made a clock for Whitehall Chapel in 1668 for £19 7s. According to Loomes, “The London Gazette records a lost watch by Mr Adamson with a reward if brought to Mr Adamson the watchmaker over against the Blue Boar in Holborn”.
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