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Mahogany domestic regulator by Grant of Fleet Street, London.
c. 1800 London
Offered by Carlton Clocks Ltd.
The case of this clock has a drum shaped hood surmounted by an acorn finial over fish scale side frets and large carved volutes. The trunk has a rarely seen full length 'invisible' door with hidden hinges, the outer edge following the ebony line inlay, replicated on the matching base.
The superior weight driven movement has wheel-work of the highest quality of its period, with maintaining power and deadbeat escapement, the escape wheel with five crossings. It rings the hours on a pair of bells, the hammers being released at precisely the same moment using an ingenious pivoting linkage connecting the two hammer arbors.
The wooden rod pendulum has an engraved rating nut and T-bar suspension, and a pair of beat adjustment screws on the pendulum by the crutch.
Matching pair of brass-bound weights.
The well-engraved flat 13-inch silvered dial has a strike / silent lever above XII. The subsidiary seconds indication is bold, with no hand recoil as a result of the dead-beat escapement. The whole of the wood surround complete with brass bezel is hinged. It is fitted with convex glass.
John gained honorary Freedom in 1781 and became a warden of the Company in 1810. By 1793 he was working at 75 Fleet Street. John was involved in the early development and use of the lever escapement. In 1809 he took his son also called John Grant as an apprentice. The Collection of the Worshipful Company have many examples of his work.
|Height||92.00 inch||(233.68 cm)|
Carlton Clocks Ltd.
Chalfont Station Road