Item Details

Maker: Thomas Tompion

Circa: 1712

Height: Height: 7 foot 11.5 inches, Trunk: 12 inches.

Stock No. Inventory No. 88

Price: Sorry sold

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The Banker's Tompion

The Banker's Tompion

 Case: Ebonised fruitwood on oak with concave throat mouldings, hood with inverted-bell top and three ball finials, pierced ebony frets below, brass-capped Doric columns, trunk door numbered 533 on leading edge, simple skirted plinth. 

Dial: 11 inch square gilt-brass latched dial signed Tho: Tompion London on a silvered oval plaque in the matted centre, seconds ring and pin-hole adjusted date aperture, silvered chapter-ring, lozenge half-hour and half-quarter marks and blued-steel hands; Indian-mask-and-scroll spandrels with foliate and strap engraving (G. 515) between; bolt-and-shutter lever between chapter II and III.

Duration: 8 days.

Movement: 6 by 7.5 inch plates with six latched baluster pillars, going train with anchor escapement, bolt-and-shutter-maintaining power, brass-rod pendulum with calibrated rating nut, rack strike, base of backplate punch-numbered 533.

Strike Type: Internal rack strike.

Provenance: By repute, HE Gurney, director of Overend, Gurney & Co, bankers, which suffered a notorious run and collapsed in 1866.

F H Green, Royal Exchange, London.

18th Viscount Hereford, sold Sotheby's, London, 3rd October, 1991, lot 268.

Literature: FH Green, Old English Clocks,  1931, p. 38 & 42, pl. XXIII.

Part of The Tom Scott Collection.