An Early Ebony Architectural Striking Table Clock
Case: Architectural case, ebony veneered on oak, with lift-off architectural pediment over a pierced-wood fret frieze with three-quarter corinthian columns above the reverse-breakfront base with central drawer. The veneered flat back with inset door with later raised moulding framing the glazed aperture. The glass with Wetherfield Collection label No. 120.
Dial: 6 by 7 inch rectanglular gilt-brass dial with four latched dial feet, very fine all-over matting with a narrow plain border. The silvered brass chapter-ring with trident half-hour divisions and Arabic numerals set within the minute ring, sculpted blued-steel hands, signed to the bottom edge.
Duration: 8 day
Movement: 5.5 inch by 7 inch plates with four latched baluster pillars, going train with knife-edge verge escapement with brass bob pendulum, the strike train governed by an engraved outside countwheel striking on the pork-pie bell above. The plain back plate with line border signed in an arc Joseph Knibb London, the numbered countwheel engraved with a central rose.
Provenance: Wetherfield Collection, sale cat. no.120. Private Collection, UK. Gardiner Houlgate, 24 February 2006, lot 610 (49,402 GBP).
Literature: WE Hurcomb, The Wetherfield Collection of 222 Clocks, London, 1928, p.67. Dawson, Drover & Parkes, Early English Clocks, Woodbridge, 1982, p. 174-5 pl.236-7, p.332, 326, pl.473-4. Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.248-349.