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The case is of an oak carcase veneered in mahogany with curl veneers on the front panels and pad-top, which are set against the convex brass sight rings. Fish scale frets backed with silk are fitted to the sides of the case to allow the sound of the bells to travel.
There are a number of stylistic features on this clock that became popular and well established in the late Georgian period. The brass sheet-silvered dial with engraved floral festoons and the single pad-top and handled case first appeared in the 1780's but like many successful designs their popularity continued for a number of decades especially with makers of well established businesses. Septimus Miles was made free of the Clockmakers Company in 1797 and the family traded from 32, Ludgate Street for over fifty years. There is a testament by him in the Old Bailey records of 1808 after a 19-year-old William Smith had tried to steal a watch worth £7 from the premises; he described himself as watchmaker. Smith was found guilty and fined one shilling. In 1817 it was Septimus’s brother Stephen who was giving evidence to another attempted theft of a watch, this time a 29 year old William Thompson, who was found guilty, confined for six months and whipped. Despite pleading in his defence that; “I was in great distress.”
|Height||46.00 cm||(18.11 inches)|
|Width||29.00 cm||(11.42 inches)|
|Depth||18.00 cm||(7.09 inches)|