c. 1770 Canterbury

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A small and particularly pleasingly bombé shaped tavern clock in a rare case style.

This is one of the most attractive tavern clocks we have had the pleasure of handling. The four pillar timepiece movement, which winds anti-clockwise, has tapering plates and a five wheel train. It runs for seven days.

The 22 inch diameter dial, with moulded edge, has black Roman hour and small minute numerals. The attractively shaped and fretted brass hands, with the minute counter-balanced, are the originals but, almost inevitably, with some restorations. There are inspection doors to either side of the dial so as to give access to the movement and restored ‘ears’ immediately below the dial between which is Chalklen’s signature, boldly written in gold ‘Willm. Chalklen, Canterbury’.

The bombé shaped case has floral decoration to either side of the rectangular door which is decorated, in typical chinoiserie style with three Chinese figures standing on a stairway in front of various village buildings. The ogee shaped base features a bird within foliate scrollwork.

Height: 42 in (107 cm)

Overall Width: 22 in (56 cm)

* William Chalklen obtained his Freedom by Redemption of 8th November 1763 and remained a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers until 1787.

Another tavern clock by Chalklen is illustrated in ‘Kent Clocks & Clockmakers’
by Michael Pearson and a third one is known. Further details of his career are on pages 119 - 121.
Willm Chalklen CANTERBURY
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