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Another unusual feature, not described by Samuel, is the centre date hand. This nicely made component has a 31 tooth wheel which sits in front of the hour wheel. The wheel is held in place by a brass jumper spring, which gives the hand a positive action and makes the date easy to change. The days are engraved inside the hour chapters. The dial is a single piece of cast and hammered sheet brass, with floral swags decorating the spandrels. The engraving is filled with a hard black, which contrasts well with the lightly grained and silvered dial surface.
The solid mahogany case has good proportions with some fine curl veneers used on the front door and base, which now have a good patina and colour. A typical Kentish feature is the piecrust cresting at the top of the hood, the detail of which is particularly fine. The hood is also adorned with two fluted columns capped with Corinthian capitals.
Another interesting piece of Ollive family history is the fact that Samuel and Thomas’s sister Elizabeth was married to Thomas Paine, author of the Rights of Man. The Ollive family had a tobacco business in Lewes, sussex and when Paine arrived in 1768 to take up the post of exciseman, he lodged with the family.
|Height||210.00 cm||(82.68 inches)|
|Width||48.00 cm||(18.90 inches)|
|Depth||24.00 cm||(9.45 inches)|