John Thwaites, Clerkenwell, London
The small mahogany broken arch case has a hinged handle on a raised brass-bound panel above, ‘Neo-Grec’ volutes to the sides, crisp moldings, brass corner beads and a brass-bound glazed door.
The silvered engraved arched dial has Roman numerals for the hours, Arabic numbers for the five-minute marks, a strike/silent chapter with a gilded hand and finely cut decorative gilded-brass hands.
The eight-day time, strike and repeat twin fusee movement has nicely cut and finished wheelwork, shaped plates with typical Thwaites ‘shoulders’, finely executed border engraving, an anchor escapement, a heavy brass pendulum with a lenticular bob, shaped rod and locking block, bell striking and is signed on the backplate in an oval cartouche, ‘Jn Thwaites, Clerkenwell, London’. It also carries the Thwaites trade mark, ‘THWAITES’ on the frontplate and the movements serial number, ‘3005’ in two spots.
John Thwaites took over the family firm in 1780 and was in charge until 1842 where they produced exceptional movements for retail sales and the trade. He was the master of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1815, 1819, and 1820.
The Thwaites serial numbers began in 1761 at ‘0’ and carried through the firms history. The original records are in the Clockmakers Company, but a copy can be found in: ‘English Dial Clocks’, by Rose, pg. 183.
11 in. tall.
10.5 in. wide.
|Retail Price:||$ 9,500.|
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