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The four glass case, veneered with richly patinated and highly figured rosewood has four adjustable brass bun feet. The silvered and engraved dial has foliate engraved corners and is signed by the maker below XII, Widenham, 15 Lombard Street, London’. The blued steel moon hands appear to be original.
The movement is of good quality, as one would expect from this maker, and has well turned pillars, substantial plates and wire fusee. The anchor escapement is visible through the top bevelled glass. Due to its small size the pendulum has a rating nut above, rather than below the bob. This “inverted rating mechanism” suggests the anchor escapement is original.
Height: 9 in (23 cm)
Width: 6 in (15 cm)
Depth: 4 ¾ in (11.5 cm)
*Richard Widenham was a very fine maker and noted particularly for his chronometers winning the Admiralty Premium Trials in 1824. He worked at 6 East Street, Clerkenwell between 1830-35 and afterwards at 15 Lombard Street.
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks
123 Kensington Church Street
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