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The mahogany case has exceptional patina and colour seen particularly in the vibrant curl of the veneers used on the trunk door and base. Both trunk and hood have proportionate chamfered edges, which are fluted with the bottom third inlayed with cast brass rod. The quality in the construction of the case can be seen in the crisp, tight mitres and the sharp cock beading and mouldings. The hood door is secured with a lock and inset with a cast brass bezel that frames the dial. Fish-scale frets backed with silk, cut into the sides allow the sound of the bell to travel.
Paul Phillip Barraud was an important clockmaker particularly preeminent in the manufacture of chronometers and precision watches. He was appointed Master of The Clockmakers Company in 1810. However, dating Barraud's clock movements is not straightforward even though many were numbered. As primarily chronometer and pocket watch makers their clock movements appear to have been made by the London trade. Barraud used Thwaites & Reed whose movements are stamped with their numbering system and can be dated thus but he also knew Isaac Rogers and William Robson. Both men produced many high quality clocks though they rarely retailed their own work. William Robson was Master of the Clockmakers company prior to Paul Barraud but he usually stamped the front plate with his initials; WR. Isaac Rogers also worked closely with Barraud as Renter Warden in The Company and it his signature that appears above Barraud’s in a signed "Memorial of the Trade to the Court of Assistants", (a paper presented to the government concerning standards of precious cases and manufactured articles) in July 1802. Isaac Rogers appears to be the likely maker of this movement. Barraud’s clocks were not numbered until at least the 1800's with no separate numbering system they were thus included in the chronometer series. The records of known numbered chronometers were collated and collected by Cedric Jagger in his 1968 book "Paul Phillip Barraud" and the 1979 supplement. With the use of these records it is possible to date 752 to circa 1815.
|Height||214.00 cm||(84.25 inches)|
|Width||48.00 cm||(18.90 inches)|
|Depth||25.00 cm||(9.84 inches)|