An Unusual Miniature Ebonised Timepiece With Alarm
Case: Ebonised fruitwood case with cushion-moulded top surmounted by a knopped scroll handle. The dome leading directly into the top moulding, the rectangular front door and glazed side apertures, formerly with frets, supported by a step moulded base.
Dial: 3.5 by 4 inch rectangular brass dial with engraved mask and foliate spandrels (G.515), the top two with additional birds above and signed in between Dan. Quare LONDON, the silvered chapter-ring with Roman hours and fleur-de-lys half-hour marks the inner ring divided for quarters, matted centre with concentric alarm disc 1-12 with fine ring turned and pierced single hand with sculpted alarm tail.
Duration: 8 days.
Movement: With five finned baluster pillars, single fusee and spring barrel with knife-edge verge escapement and short bob-pendulum, the alarm train wound through the dial with barrel on the backplate, the alarm pinwheel to three hammers sounding on a single bell above. The backplate engraved (G.515) with elaborate foliate scrolls, strapwork, a basket of fruit and birds all within a line border.
Escapement: Knife-edge verge.
Strike Type: Timepiece alarm.
Provenance: Christies, 3rd November 2011, lot 105.