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An ebonised finish, which is a technique that has been in use in England since the 17th century, is created by veneering the case in a close-grained wood, usually a fruitwood such as pear or cherry. A fine even grain provides a smooth surface for the subsequent layers of carefully applied lacquer to obtain a crisp high polish similar to that of the imported and more expensive and ebony.
The black finish is an attractive accompaniment to sleek lines of the chamfered-top case. Stylistically simple, the proportions are enhanced by four substantial bun feet with a further chamfer on the front door and some minimal detail in the convex frieze under the top moulding. All the flamboyant decoration is reserved for the delicate brass side frets. These frets are pierced by hand and backed with silk that allows the sound of gong travel.
The dial is made from a single sheet of cast brass in a shape sometimes referred to as "borne" or milestone. After being hammered out and given a flat finish, it is engraved. A hard black wax is used to fill the engraving and finally thin coat of silver nitrate paste is applied which leaves thin layer of silver which contrasts nicely with the black engraving.
Engraved handsomely on both the dial and back plate with his address at 7, Whitefriargate; Bethel Jacobs also has a later bracket clock in the Hull Maritime Museum inscribed by appointment to the Queen and bearing the coat of arms of The Hull Dock Company.
|Height||28.00 cm||(11.02 inches)|
|Width||18.00 cm||(7.09 inches)|
|Depth||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|