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The dial, signed Sam Aldworth Oxon by the maker in the centre above floral engraving, has an alarm setting disc engraved with the customary Arabic numerals and a pierced iron hand. The frets, the front engraved, are of a distinctive floral pattern.
The movement with hour strike, verge escapement and gently tapering arbors has the alarm train mounted on the inside of the iron backplate. Very elaborate bell strap and brass cased lead weight. The curious use of two hanging “eyes” instead of the traditional and much more convenient hoop is very much an Oxford feature.
Height: 15 ½ in (39 cm)
* For some history of Samuel Aldworth see ‘English Lantern Clocks’ by George White and ‘Lantern Clocks & Their Makers’ by Brian Loomes. Both authors confirm that he was apprenticed to John Knibb (brother of the more illustrious Joseph) from 1673 to 1680 and that he stayed with him until setting up his own business in Oxford. He subsequently set up in London, maintaining his links with his former master’s family by marrying Elizabeth, John Knibb’s daughter in 1703 and taking over Joseph Knibb’s workshop in the Strand.
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks
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