AN ORIGINAL LATE 17TH CENTURY EBONISED TABLE CLOCK by James Clowes, Londini fecit
The case with caddy top with a substantial knopped handle over rectangular glazed side apertures on a moulded base and block feet, the 8 inch dial with winged cherub's head spandrels framing the silvered Roman chapter ring with Arabic minute band, the matted centre with blued-steel hands ringed winding squares decorated and chamfered date aperture, signed along the lower edge in a flowing script, secured to the movement via three latched dial feet, the six knopped and finned pillars similarly latched, the twin train gut fusee movement with early-style pinned barrels, knife-edge verge escapement, and numbered outside countwheel strike on a vertically-mounted bell, the backplate signed in a horizontal line amid a series of symmetrical foliate scrolls, within a shaded wheatear border. Ticking and striking, together with a case key and an associated winding key. 43cm (16 1/2ins) high (3)
A fine, original London brass hook and spike lantern clock with balance wheel escapement, the 6.25" brass chapter ring enclosing a fine foliate engraved centre, with single iron hand, surmounted by pierced foliate frets with central crested shields, strapwork bell and finial, standard frame size, 16" high.
No evidence of having ever been converted from its original balance escapement. Possibly replaced / repaired brass balance-wheel. £6200. Serviced
Real nice early 18th century London, 3/4 size arched dial lantern clock by Wm Jourdain (died 1748). Quality original verge pendulum escapement. Hour striking and alarm on the original 4.5 inch bell, 7 x 10 inch dial. Endless rope winding (2-3 day running). Mid 1980s resoration (doors), excellent condition, fully operational. Sound frame joints. Supplied with a nicely made, pegged mahogany wall bracket. Vintage weight / pulley.
A fine and possibly unique late 17th century lantern clock of exceptional size.
A bell diameter of 23cms (9ins) bell supported within a bellstand with unique tulip castings between the arms (one arm and top finial replaced), set within four large acorn finials on tapering Doric columns to ball feet, each foot with a cast central band, the silvered chapter ring 28cms (11ins) in diameter and 6.5cms (2.5ins) in width, with Arabic minute band and large Roman numerals, half hour markers and inner quarter hour track, florally engraved centre with a cartouche signature at VI, the weight driven movement converted to anchor escapement with four-wheel train, the strike operated via a countwheel, the hammer spring and stop both with facetted and engraved decoration
19ins high. Original doors.
SEIGNIOUR,ROBERT. London. Also Seignior.
Baptised at St Dunstan's in the West in 1645, he was apprenticed (not through the Clockmakers' Company') to John Nicasius and was freed Clockmakers' Company in April 1667.
He worked in Exchange Alley. He was constantly in trouble with Clockmakers' Company administration, October 1671 he was fined 20s for calling them a company of cheating knaves'. In January 1673 Henry Jones complained he had faked his name on a clock. In November 1673 he was appointed King's Clock and Watchmaker 'without fee' until the death or surrender of office of Edward East, who in fact outlived him.
In 1682 he got £20 for a clock for the Treasury Chambers. On 10 October (most likely this clock).
His will, describing him as a clockmaker of St Peter Le Poer parish, is dated 1685 and was proved in Canterbury on 4 May 1687. He left his estate to his son, George. He was to be buried in St Peter's die Poor. By 1686 Daniel Quare had taken over Seigniour's former premises in Exchange Alley.
£6950. Restored, fully operational.
Includes bespoke oak floor stand.
Note: This clock can be purchased with the verge pendulum escapement reinstated. Please ask!