Reflection On 2013 And What’s To Come For 2014

13Jan14

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As I reflect on 2013 I feel it was a good year with many fine clocks going to new homes and a steady ( ish ) trickle of interesting clocks coming in with a further 7 longcases due in ( repatriated from abroad ) on January 22nd.
They are….

Month going, brass dial, figured walnut – Simon de Charmes of London.
8 day, brass dial, mahogany, moonphase, Benson of Whitehaven.
8 day, brass dial, mahogany, moonphase, Peter Robertson of Perth.
8 day, brass dial, mahogany, moonphase, Thomas Strickland of Kendal.
8 day, brass dial, green lacquer, moonphase, Benj. ( Benjamin ) Cotton of Hurley.
8 day, brass dial, mahogany, rocking ship automata – “The Royal Anne”, Wm. ( William ) Carter of London.
8 day, engraved and silvered brass dial, mahogany, 3 train ( quarter chiming on 8 bells and hourly strike ) Henry Ellis of Lewes.

And…

The othe possibility is a very interesting “Egyptian” style black slate mantel clock signed James Gowland, 52, London Wall ( serial number 68 ).

The black slate case is of the “Egyptian” taste popular at the time.It was made early in James Gowland’s career ( he is recorded working 1832 – circa 1890 ) this example ( going by the serial number and styling ) seemingly circa 1832.
The case of flat top, tapering form is a mere 10.8″ ( 27.5cms. ) tall with very finely picked out Egyptian themed decoration to the two half pillars flanking the dial.

The 4″ diameter brass, engine turned dial has a silvered “half moon” Slow/Fast adjuster below the 12 o’clock position.
The high quality, twin fusee movement with hourly ( rack ) striking to a deep toned, coiled gong.

The ebony rod pendulum particularly well executed.

Silky smooth winding.

N.B. James Gowland of 52, London Wall ( London ) is especially well known and respected for his production of high precision marine chronometers, taking out a patent in 1837 ( number 7456 ) for an improvement he devised. He is recorded “Maker to the Admiralty”.

Known to have exhibited a clock with “improved compensation pendulum” in the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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