This week we have two new arrivals to the website and our showroom.
The first is by Andrew Bateman of London and is typical of the late 18th century/early 19th century period in London. At this point the full brass dial was less favourable and the painted dial in London and the rest of the UK had become the dial of choice. This is a very high quality example with good rich flame mahogany veneers to the case, its original double plinth, brass cased weights and a substantial movement.
The second is by Humphrey Birch of Hoddesdon. Slightly earlier than the above clock and because of the close proximity to the London area the cabinet work is very similar to the London arch dials of the same period. The movement is of London quality with 5 pillars and large calendar wheel rollers to the rear of the dial.
Andrew Bateman – Great Tower Street, London
A fine London Longcase Clock of good proportions and colour.
The 8 day duration 5 pillar movement striking the hours on a bell and with a painted round 12″ dial with Roman numerals, seconds, matching blued steel hands and the makers name and place of work to the centre of the dial. The movement also with original brass cased weights and an engraved rating nut to the pendulum bob.
The well proportioned mahogany case with typical long trunk door veneered with highly figured flame mahogany veneer and a raised panelled base with double plinth. The trunk also with reeded quarter pillars inlaid with brass and capped with brass Doric capitals. The hood with brass inlaid reeded canted corners and a brass concave bezel with a convex glass. The sides of the hood with rectangular inspection windows.
Note: Andrew Bateman was Apprenticed in 1776 and made Livery of the Clockmakers Company in 1812. He died in 1816.
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Price: £9750.00 / Height: 6’11” / C.1800
Oak Longcase Clock by Humphrey Birch of Hoddesdon
A good provincial oak longcase clock from the County of Hertfordshire.
The 8 day duration five pillar movement striking the hours on a bell and with a 12″ arched brass dial, a silvered brass chapter ring, matted centre showing seconds, date aperture, finely made blued steel hands and brass spandrels to both the arch and main dial. The arch also with a silvered brass cartouche showing the makers name and place of work.
The well proportioned oak case with a long trunk door, brass escutcheon and a plain base with single plinth. The hood with attached pillars, gilt wooden capitals, inspection windows to both sides and a broken arch top.
Note: Humphrey Birch is listed as a Watchmaker during the last part of the 18th century. Hoddesdon was a major Coaching stop and at one point over 35 Coaches would pass through the town each day on their way from London to Cambridge.
Price: £7,250 / Height: / C.1775
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