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Maker: William Cattell

Circa: 1680

Height: Height 6 foot 5 inches, Trunk 10 inches

Stock No. Inventory No. 13

Price: £45,000

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A Fine Small Walnut Month-Going Longcase Clock With 1 Quarter-Second Pendulum And Skeletonised Dial

A Fine Small Walnut Month-Going Longcase Clock With 1 Quarter-Second Pendulum And Skeletonised Dial

 Case: Burr walnut veneer on oak, rising hood with shallow dome top above a plain frieze, the dial aperture flanked by Salomonic columns, the convex throat moulding above the rectangular trunk door framed with cross-grained D-section mouldings, ogee mouldings to the plinth with hinged opening front panel on bun feet. The inside of the trunk door with 18th century printed (auction?) label:

58 Month Clock, in a walnut tree cafe.

N.B. This Clock, though extroardinary it may appear, is given in the Inventory as a real fact to be the very identical Clock that gave the Signal for the execution of Charles the Firft.

Dial: 10 inch square gilt-brass dial with four latched dial feet, the finely matted centre with calender aperture above VI and seconds ring below XII with 4 divisions for every 5 seconds, sculpted blued-steel hands. The skeletonised silvered chapter-ring with Roman hours and 'floating' diamond pierced and dot half-hours, the Arabic numerals within the minute ring. Flanked by winged-cherub spandrels; signed Wm. Cattell in Fleete Streete Londini Fecitalong the lower edge.

Duration: Month.

Movement: Two-train, weight-driven movement, secured by six latched finned baluster pillars, going-train with anchor escapement and 1 quarter seconds pendulum, bolt-and-shutter maintaining power. Strike train governed by a large diameter outside countwheel, cut with four segments of 12 hours.

Strike Type: Hour countwheel strike.

Provenance: 18th Viscount Hereford and sold Sotheby's, 13th October 1988, lot 199. 

Literature: Dawson, Drover & Parkes, Early English Clocks, Woodbridge, 1982, p.267-9, pl. 365-6.

Part of the Tom Scott Collection.