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The elegant case has a moulded swan neck pediment with a central ball & spire brass finial and delicately pierced boxwood frets below. The reeded hood columns have brass capitals and bases, this reeding being repeated to the trunk. The long trunk door and the base panel are veneered with figured flame mahogany.
The arched brass dial with matted centre has foliate rococo spandrels to the corners and well pierced, blued steel hands. There is an aperture for the date above VI. The arch is most elegantly signed by the maker on a recessed brass plaque below the dial which is engraved with two exotic birds centred by a basket of flowers.
The 8-Day movement has rack striking of the hours on a bell and its original anchor escapement with steel pendulum rod and brass faced bob.
Height: 84 in (213.5 cm) excluding finial.
* The Howden family were an important Edinburgh clockmaking dynasty over three generations from circa 1770 – 1860. There were two James Howdens, father and son. This clock was made by the father who had served his apprenticeship first under Alexander Farquharson and then James Cowan. He was freed of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1771 and died in 1810. His son of the same name succeeded him in the Edinburgh business.
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