A Very Fine Phase 1 Ebony Striking Table Clock With Pull-Quarter Repeat Contained in a Period Wainscot Oak Travelling Box
Case: Case of ebony veneered on oak with dome top surmounted by gilt-brass scroll-and-garland dome mounts and gilt thistle bud handle. The rectangular front door with gilt-brass scroll sound fret, gilt belflower escutcheons and belflower mount to bottom rail. The moulded base, numbered 119 to the front door sill, on ebony block feet. With period wainscott oak travelling box.
Dial: Signed Tho. Tompion Londini fecit to the lower edge. 6.5 inches square gilded brass dial with three latched feet, matted centre and pinhole calender aperture. Silvered chapter-ring with gilt and chased winged-cherub spandrels and sculpted blued steel hands. The dialplate with Strike/Not Strike lever above XII and a continental date adjustment lever, o to 3, fitted to IX but never completed.
Duration: 8 day
Movement: 7 by 8 inch extended pierced and shaped backplate signed Tho=Tompion Londini fecit in a rectangular reserve within the tulip engraving, and punch-numbered 119 at the base. 6 by 7.5 frontplate with seven latched baluster pillars amd twin fusees. Going train with knife-edge verge escapement and bob pendulum stamp-numbered 1 to 4. Strike train goverened by a rack-and-snail sounding the hours on the larger bell, Tompion's pull-quarter repeat on a smaller bell with Z pull-bar.
Escapement: Knife-edge verge.
Strike Type: Hour striking with Tompion's pull-quarter repeat via a Z pull-bar.
Provenance: Prince Massimiliano Lancellotti, Italy. Probably made for the family and exported on purchase. Ronald Phillips Ltd, London, 2011.
Literature: Evans, Carter & Wright, Thomas Tompion 300 Years, p.332-333. Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.62-65.