A Very Fine Late Phase II Ebony And Gilt-Brass Roman Striking Table Clock With Velvet Dial
Case: Typical Knibb case, ebony veneered on oak with plain dome top and surmounted by a gilt-brass foliated-tied handle, the flat-top main moulding set above a square door with inset wood fret to the top rail and S-scroll and mask escutcheons, glazed rectangular side apertures, the base moulding typically sitting on an oak board with ebony veneered edges.
Dial: The 6 inch square brass dial covered with black velvet and with latched feet, chapter-ring engraved with Roman hours, with trident half-hour marks and Arabic numerals within the minute ring flanked by gilt winged-cherub spandrels and fine pierced and shaped fire-gilt hands.
Duration: 8 day
Movement: Fine movement, 5 by 7 inch plates, five latched ringed baluster pillars and twin fusees, going tran with knife-edge verge escapement and short bob pendulum. Strike train governed by a countwheel to the backplate, striking the hours using Roman notation on the two bells above, the larger denoting V and the smaller I. The all-over tulip engraved backplate within a line border signed in an arc Joseph Knibb Londini Fecit.
Escapement: Knife-edge verge.
Strike Type: External countwheel Roman strike.
Provenance: Private collection, England. (Private sale, 2009, 150,000 GBP)
Literature: Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.356-359.
Comments: This extroardinary and unique Joseph Knibb table clock is the only extant example of a velvet dial Phase II series Knibb with fire-gilt brass mounts.
Part of The Tom Scott Collection.