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Mahogany veneered case with typical Kent clock features; such a the long trunk door with half-round top and delicate cresting on the top of the hood with three brass finials. The corners of the hood are chamfered and decorated with fluting and brass inlay.
The moon phases are always an attractive feature on a dial but their inclusion with a lunar calendar was more than just decoration. In the days before street lighting a full moon providing enough light to cast shadows would have enabled travel by night and thus the planning of social engagements. The lunar society formed in 1775 met on each lunar month for these practical reasons.
It would be nice to think the charmingly painted rural scene was Haxted Mill outside Edenbridge but most of the painted iron dials were made in Birmingham from the early 1770’s and were made with a false plate that allowed the clockmaker to fit the dial to his movement.
The Crundwell family are listed in the genealogical records as having been born, christened and married in a various villages on the Kent and Sussex borders since the 1600’s. However it is difficult to ascertain which J (probably John, a well used family name) made this clock and if he lived in Edenbridge or just made the clock for a client who lived there. No details of occupation are recorded for the early years, though it is remarkable how many Crundwells originated in this part of the country.
|Height||224.00 cm||(88.19 inches)|
|Width||47.00 cm||(18.50 inches)|
|Depth||22.00 cm||(8.66 inches)|