An Important Type 3 Walnut 8-day Longcase Clock With Original Receipted Bill of Sale
Case: Figured walnut veneers on oak, hood with dome top and three finials with finely pierced walnut frieze below, brass-capped Doric columns, with concave throat mouldings, trunk door punch-numbered twice 681, on the leading edge, the inside face with Tompion equation table, the plinth with feather banded inlaid panel above a double footed skirt.
Dial: 12 inch square gilt-brass latched dial with silvered Roman and Arabic chapter-ring with lozenge half-hour marks, typical pierced blued-steel hands, the finely matted centre with subsidiary seconds ring, pin-hole adjusted calender aperture and signed on an oval plaque Geo. Graham. London, Indian-mask-and-foliage spandrels interrupting the foliate-engraved border (G.515) with repeat signature at the base, bolt-and-shutter maintaining power lever between chapters II and III.
Duration: 8 day.
Movement: 6 by 8 inch plates with six baluster pillars, going train with Graham's deadbeat escapement and original pendulum rod of rectangular section with calibrated rating nut, rack striking on a bell above, the backplate punch-stamped 681 at the base.
Strike Type: Rack hour striking
Provenance: Robert Cay, 1649-1754, of North Charlton Hall, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, bought directly from the maker in 1728 for 16gns. John Cay, his son d. 1782. Robert Hodson Cay, his son, who sold North Charlton Hall. John Cay of Edinburgh, his son, whose widow Geddes Cay left it to: William Dyce Cay, a cousin who sold his interest in the clock in February 1910 for 4 pound, 10s to his sister, Magaret (Rita) Cay d. 1921. Isabella Cay, Mrs Dunn, her sister d. November 1934. Elaizabeth Mary Dunn, Mrs Giles, her daughter. Isabel Giles, her daughter d. 1975. Her son, by whom sold, Christie's London, lot 64, 17 July 1985.
Literature: H Alan Lloyd, Old Clocks, 2nd Edition. 1958, p.106 fig.10 & pl.24. Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.156-159.
Comments: This clock, the only one retaining the original signed receipt, contributed to Jeremy Evan's dating of Graham's clocks.
Part of the Tom Scott Collection.