A Phase I Ebony 8-day Striking Spring Table Clock
Case: Ebony veneered oak with shallow dome top flanked by four gilt-brass turned ball finials with a winged-cherub front mount and surmounted by a typical gilt-brass strap and pinned handle, the flat-top main moulding set above a square door with inset foliate fret to the top rail and acanthus escutcheons, glazed rectangular side apertures, the base moulding sitting on turned brass bun feet.
Dial: 8 inch square gilt-brass dial with three latched dial feet silvered brass chapter-ring with trident half-hour divisions and Arabic numerals set within the minute ring, matted centre with date aperture above VI flanked by winged-cherub spandrels. Sculpted blued-steel hands with Maltese cross hour-hand fitting.
Duration: 8 days.
Movement: 6 by 8.5 inch plates with eight latched baluster pillars, going train with knife-edge verge escapement with brass bob pendulum, the strike train governed by an outside countwheel striking on the bell above. The gilt backplate with line border, roses centred on the going fusee arbor and to the countwheel and signed in an arc Joseph Knibb Londini fecitabove an open tulip with leaves.
Strike Type: Countwheel hour strike.
Provenance: Iden Collection.
Literature: Percy G Dawson, The Iden Clock Collection, Woodbridge 1987, p.152-3.