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The frame of typical design and construction has tall frets, the front engraved with interlacing dolphins, brass back plate and brass doors both of which show every sign of being original. Iron hoop and very slender spurs.
The dial has Roman numerals with very bold Maltese cross half hour marks and florally engraved centre. The alarm setting disc carries the usual Arabic numerals and a most delicately engraved centre. Fine original iron hand.
The movement has an original verge escapement (Hemmung) with the bob pendulum outside the back plate and the alarm train mounted to the inside. Brass going and alarm weights with lead counter weights.
The entire clock has a very pleasing mature appearance and has clearly not been cleaned or polished for a great many years. The bell and strap which perfectly match the colour and finish of the rest of the clock are probably 19th century replacements.
Height to centre finial: 9 ¼ in (23.5 cm)
* John Berry of St Clement’s Lane was free of the Clockmakers Company in 1688 and master in 1723. Britten records that he was in business until 1730 (although Loomes shows 1748) and that he was joined by his son, also John, at the same address.
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks
123 Kensington Church Street
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