A Small Ebonised And Brass-Mounted Striking Table Clock With Pull Quarter Repeat
Case: Ebonised fruitwood veneers and mouldings on oak, the inverted-bell top with knopped handle, glazed sides with inset brass frames, front door with brass framed quarter sound frets flanking the inset brass framed breakarch dial aperture, the base on ebonised moulded block feet.
Dial: 5 by 6 inch breakarch dial with four feet, Strike/Silent silvered subsidiary ring to the arch, silvered chapter-ring with Roman hours, lozenge half-hour marks and Arabic minutes, flanked by foliate spandrels, with blued-steel hands. The matted centre with mock pendulum and calender apertures, signed on an oval silvered plaque Nat Seddon St James's London.
Movement: 4 by 5 inch plates with five ringed baluster pillars and twin fusees, going train with knife-edge verge escapement and short bob pendulum. Strike train governed by rack-and-snail sounding the hours on a large bell, repeating the quarters on four smaller graduated bells, engraved with foliate scrolls and strapwork centred by a basket of flowers over two dolphins.
Escapement: Knife-edge verge.
Strike Type: Hour rack striking with pull-quarter repeat.
Literature: Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.48-419.
Provenance: Bonhams, 9 December 2008, lot 146 (18,450 GBP).