James Gorham, Kensington, London
James Gorham, Kensington, London
James Gorham, Kensington, London

James Gorham, Kensington, London

c. 1820 England

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A fine Regency period 3-Train quarter striking silvered dial longcase clock by James Gorham, clockmaker to the Royal Family.

The elegant mahogany case has the finest flame veneers and chamfered corners which flank the full-length arched trunk door. The chamfered corners are repeated in the arched hood which has a dentil cornice

The 12 1/2 inch round silvered dial has Roman numerals and an outer minute band. The signature on the dial - James Gorham, Kensington, Clock and Watchmaker to the Royal Family – is engraved in a elegant flowing italic style. The silvered dial, without minute numbering, is typical of the period. The round dial glass is held in a hinged brass bezel, similar to those on bracket clocks of the period, and is framed by decorative ebony spandrel corners. To the sides of the hood there are brass grill sound frets. The blued steel hands are well shaped and are most likely original.

The substantial 3 train movement strikes all four quarters on 8 bells and the hours on a single bell. The clock retains its original pendulum with a calibrated rating nut below the substantial bob. The brass cased weights are original and retain good colour and patination.

James Gorham was clock and watchmaker to the royal family. He is recorded on page 312 of Brian Loomes’ Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World: 21st century edition as working in London between 1820 and 1850. This style of clock became fashionable in London around 1820 and they are sometimes known as gentlemen’s library clocks. As Loomes notes in his Grandfather Clocks and their Cases this style of clock was "almost entirely confined to London and its environs, and ran from perhaps 1810 to 1840."
Loomes, Brian., Grandfather Clocks and their Cases
Robinson, Tom., The Longcase Clock
Height 85.50 inch (217.17 cm)
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks

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