Allan Smith’s Longcase Clock Stock Update
Some good clocks sold and some good clocks bought since the previous blog.
Particularly interesting is a small, pretty, typically “Jersey”, long door, mahogany, 8 day, moonphase longcase by Peter Poignand of Jersey.
The interest is not so much in the clock itself, although it is a very good example, but the two stickers it bears.
The larger of the two stickers is on the inside of the trunk door and reads –
Number 26 October 7th 1806
Horologer & Coufevre
Grand Rue, St. Helier
Also in a different hand
Mr. P.H. De La Croix
And below that
The other sticker is “hidden” at the top left hand side of the trunk, is printed in blue and reads –
Member of B.A.D.A.
William C. Fox
41, New St. Jersey
Nice to have the EXACT date is was made ( or sold ) which ties in with the dialmaker, Wilson of Birmingham who was working 1780 – 1808 at 11, Great Charles Street, Birmingham.
A bonny wee thing which I hope goes home to Jersey ( free delivery and setting up, as always – of course ! ).
Another recent addition, again with a good Wilson painted dial + moonphases and fine, long door, mahogany case is the William Cox of Devizes which I collected from Ouistreham, Northern France last Friday ( 21st March ). Bought complete, working and just needing the usual restoration.It’s in the queue – which seems to get longer and longer.
This one is unusual inasmuch that it has a very “quirky” top which defies standard description but seems to be a regional characteristic for the area as I’ve seen it before. It may well be unique to a particular case maker. William Cox is known in Devizes until 1793 some time after which he emigrated to Australia to seek his fortune.
The Robert Welsh of Dalkeith ( outskirts of Edinburgh ) has one of those very early Osborne painted dials where the date is shown through a square window above the 6 o’clock position using a silvered brass ring behind the dial as used on the ( earlier ) brass dial examples.
Typical slender, long door, mahogany case with swan neck pediment typical of the Edinburgh catchment area. Coincidentally I have a good brass dial example by the same maker ( please see LCMAH 311 ). He is recorded “married 30th January 1763” and “died before 1819.”
Good, walnut brass dial clocks with moonphases are always difficult to find especially if they have unusual features.
The John Calver of Woodbridge ( the Suffolk Woodbridge ) recently acquired, is one such, having the age of the moon displayed through a “banana slot” in the upper section of the subsidiary seconds dial. I’ve certainly never had one, displaying this feature, in over 25 years and cannot recall even seeing one in a book. The 5 pillar movement is especially well executed and the whole clock especially well looked after.
The maker died in 1751 and I would date this clock to circa 1745.
I was pleased to get the small, twin fusee mantel clock by James Gowland of 52, London Wall ( serial numbered no. 68 ) that I mentioned in the previous blog. The “Egyptian” style case with delicate “Egyptianesque” details to the half columns particularly well done and the Faster/Slower fine adjustment to the pendulum length via a sector at the top of the engine turned dial a good indicator of quality.
For further more detailed description please see previous blog.
Being past retirement age I’ll be selling some of my personal clocks soon so watch this space for some rare, interesting and unusual examples…….
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