A Walnut Month-Going Longcase Clock with Skeletonised Dial
Case: Case of burr walnut veneered onto oak, rising hood with shallow dome top with three finials above a fretted frieze, the dial aperture flanked by Salmonic columns, the convex throat moulding above the rectangular trunk door framed with cross-grain D-section mouldings, ogee mouldings to the plinth on bun feet.
Dial: 10 inch square gilt-brass dial with four latched dial feet, the finely matted centre with seconds ring and calender aperture above VI, well sculpted blued-steel hands. The skeletonised silvered chapter-ring with Roman hours and dot half-hours, every minute numbered. Flanked by winged-cherub spandrels; line border and signed Joseph Knibb Londini Fecit along the lower edge.
Movement: Two-train weight-driven movement, 5 by 7.5 inch plates, secured by five latched finned baluster pillars, going-train with anchor escapement. Strike train governed by an outside countwheel for the hours stuck on a square sided bell above.
Strike Type: Hour countwheel strike.
Literature: Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.370-371.
Comments: Knibb reserved the use of his time consuming skeletonised dials for his more superior productions, usually for longer duration (as in this example) or with complicated striking.
Part of The Tom Scott Collection.