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The beautifully patinated ebonized case has a crisply moulded bell top and original brass carrying handle. The front and back doors have delicately engraved brass sound frets and these are repeated on the sides. The clock stands on four shallow, moulded wooden block feet.
The 3 ½ inch brass dial is mounted with a silvered chapter ring and has foliate spandrels with a well matted centre and false pendulum aperture – the dummy pendulum is subtly engraved. The maker’s signature is engraved on a boss within the dial centre. There is a subsidiary strike silent dial in the centre of the arch which is flanked by spandrels. The hands are of blued steel and the hour hand is well pierced.
The movement has substantial brass plates and the backplate is beautifully engraved with leafy scrolls. The back cock and securing brackets are similarly engraved with foliage. There is a restored crown wheel verge escapement with brass pendulum rod and pear shaped bob. The clock also has a mechanism released by a chord for repeating the hours.
Height without handle: 10 ½ in (27 cm)
Height with handle: 11 ¾ in (31 cm)
* Robert Philp is listed on page 613 of Brian Loomes’s 'Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World'. Philp was working between 1740 and 1788. He was known for his musical and astronomical clocks. Miniature bracket clocks are extremely rare and sought after by collectors.
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks
123 Kensington Church Street
Saturday by appointment