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The silvered chapter ring has Roman hour numerals, inside quarters and the maker’s name is engraved on the dummy pendulum plaque. There is a strike/silent lever at IX and a cord on the right hand side for pull quarter-repeat on 5 bells.
The well-proportioned inverted bell top case is beautifully patinated and has finely cut sound frets to the front, sides and back.
The backplate is exquisitely engraved with a figure of a naked cupid holding a sword in his right hand and blowing a trumpet which he is holding in his left hand. He is flanked by two winged birds within a foliate centre and herringbone engraved border.
Height excluding handle: 15 in (38 cm)
* Simon de Charmes was a Hugeonot immigrant from France and was a member of the Clockmakers’ Company from 1692 – 1730. He made a number of very fine longcase and bracket clocks and this fine table burr walnut table clock is no exception. His workshop was at the ‘the sign of the clock’ on the corner of Warwick Street on Charing Cross. He moved to Hammersmith where he built Grove Hall in 1730 and he was succeeded by his son David De Charmes
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks
123 Kensington Church Street
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