A Historically Important Queen Anne Burr Walnut Month-Going Longcase Clock
Case: The hood with three brass finials above the cross grain cavetto-moulded break arch and finely pierced sound frets. Tompions gilt-brass moulded capitals and scroll escutcheons. The breakarch trunk door having burr veneers framed within a cross-gain walnut moulding. The base with matching veneers, above a single skirted foot.
Dial: 13 by 17 and a half inch dial wheatear engraved breakarch gilt-brass dial. The chapter ring with six feet, fluer-de-lys half-hour and diamond half-quarter markers, flanked by crown and cherub spandrels and enclosed a matted centre with ringed winding holes, seconds dial and date aperture above VI. The arch with fine foliate engraving (Graver G.515) with birds, basket and Flora's head. Signed Jer. Martin, London on a silvered oval plaque. Original sculpted and shaped steel hands.
Movement: Five baluster pillars, the going train with anchor escapement. The strike train governed by a typical external countwheel mounted to the backplate. Fixed with two screws into the base pillars.
Provenance: 1930's Private collection U.S.A. Private Collection U.K.
Literature: Jeremy Evans, Thomas Tompion at the Dial and Three Crowns 2006. Evans, Carter and Wright, Tompion 300 years, 2013 illus. p. 184.
Jeremiah Martin was born Circa 1666 and apprenticed to Thomas Tompiom (through William Dent) from 1680 until 1687. Jeremiah's own business paid quarterage to the Clockmakers' Company for the ensuing 29 years until his death in 1716. During that time he took on three apprentices: Clement Brice 1689-1692, Thomas Martin 1692-1697 & Jonothan Akeres 1697-(?). He appears to have continued to work for booth Tompiom and Graham. This may go some way to explaining whu there is only this clock to have survived signed by him.