c. 1790 Chester

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A late 18th century mahogany trunkdial timepiece of exceptional quality and in a remarkable state of preservation.

The case of classic early style with slender earpieces running the height of the trunk has a full width, moulded access door to the base with original lock and key. The front is veneered with flame mahogany of fine rich colour. The exceptionally narrow dial surround perfectly matches the brass bezel. Access doors to the movement are fitted on both sides of the trunk.

The shallow convex wood dial 13 ½ inches in diameter and turned from a single piece of mahogany, has Roman numerals, double minutes circle and most elegantly written signature. The delicate hands with slender spade tip to the hour are of steel. The beautifully cast brass bezel retains its original lock and very probably the original key. Interestingly, there is virtually no wear in the bezel hinge.

The fusee movement of 8 days duration with anchor escapement is stamped 2473 to the front plate. This number is repeated on the inside of the barrel cap which is also stamped ROBSON.

Height: 23 ½ in (60 cm)
Width: 15 ½ in (39 cm)

* Robert Bowers was in business from 1782 until 1815, firstly at 3 Bridge Street Row and then in Eastgate Street Row. See Clockmakers of Cheshire by Keith Appleby.

Clocks such as the Bowers are a great rarity these days. Some 10 years ago we had an almost identical trunkdial, the maker then being Godden of Malling in Kent.

Robt. Bowers CHESTER
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