Thirty-hour long-case clock. Case: Stained-oak case. Forward-sliding hood with a caddy style top and a painted frieze of Rococo scrolls in yellow over an ebonised background. On top of the hood are three small reeded pedestals for the finials which are now missing. Two free-standing Doric columns to the sides of the hood door. The hood door has a brass knob. The trunk has canted corners with half Doric columns and the hinged trunk door has a shaped top and a brass escutcheon. The rectangular base has canted corners and stands on ogee feet. Dial: Square brass dial plate, 'cartwheel' pierced, with eight segmentations. The dial plate is matted within the chapter ring and has asymmetric floral and foliate decorative motifs engraved beneath XII, and between the date aperture and VI. Four Rococo scrolling foliate spandrels. The silvered brass chapter ring with Roman hours I-XII and highly stylised fleur-de-lys half-hour marks. Around the inside a circle with quarter-hour marks. The maker’s name and place engraved between V-VII. Below the single hour hand, inside the chapter ring, a semicircular date aperture reveals a silvered-brass wheel calibrated 1-31 and numbered at three dat intervals - 3-6-9-12-15-18-21-24-27-30. Pierced blued-steel single hour hand with loop decoration. Movement: Weight-driven, thirty-hour movement with two rectangular brass plates and four single-knop brass pillars. Brass sprockets and shrouds with Huygens endless chain maintaining power. Two-wheel going train, the wheels with four crossings. Anchor escapement, the escape wheel with four crossings. Pendulum control, the pendulum with plain steel rod and brass-fronted lead bob. Striking train with three brass wheels, with four crossings, and a fly pinion with brass vanes. Striking for hours only controlled by a brass count-wheel mounted on the back plate, retained by a triangular brass tension spring. The hours are struck on a bell mounted on a standard screwed to the back plate. A pinion of report, mounted on the extended arbor of the great wheel, drives the dial wheel carrig the hand as well as the 12-point star wheel for strike release. The drive chain passes round a solid brass pulley and through a lead 'doughnut' ring.


Thing

Made Of
brass
Type of Thing
thirty-hour clock, weight-driven clock, long-case clock
Techniques
silvered

Place

Made In
Marple

Time

Acquired In
2010
Made
1760-1770

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