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The elegant case stands on four block feet and has an inverted bell top surmounted by a knopped brass carrying handle. The 6 in (15.25 cm) brass dial is mounted with female head and foliate corner spandrels and a silvered chapter ring with a subsidiary dial in the arch for Rise/Fall. There is a dummy pendulum in the middle of the matted centre and an inset date aperture above VI.
The substantial two train fusée eight day duration movement which fills the case has quarter repeat work on six bells with the hours sounded on a separate bell. It has a spring suspended verge escapement and the back plate is engraved with flowers, foliage, birds and a naked winged angel.
Height: 15 ½ in (39.5 cm) excluding handle
Dial width: 6 in (15.25 cm)
*Simon De Charmes was a French Huguenot clockmaker working in London where he arrived in 1688. He was a refugee from France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 by Louis XIV. The resulting exodus of Huguenot workers deprived French industry of some of their finest craftsmen and had a dramatic affect upon English furniture, silverware, tapestries and of clocks. He became a Free Brother of the Clockmakers’ Company in April 1691 and was active at the Sign of the Clock in Charing Cross until at least 1704. He is said to have died at Grove Hall, Hammersmith in 1730 and was succeeded by his son of the same name.
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