c.1840 Ebonized Travel Clock by Purvis.

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c.1840 Ebonized Travel Clock by Purvis.
Inv. #: e73

Purvis, London.


A mid-19th century ebonized travel clock by Alexander Purvis, London.


The small ebonized case has a shaped. molded base, a brass hinged handle, bun feet and thick beveled glasses to the sides and top.


The gilt dial has engine-turning around the outside of the hour chapter and floral engraving within it. It has steel-cut hands, Roman numerals for the hours, is signed ‘Purvis, London’ and is framed by an engraved, gilt bezel.


The large eight-day time-only fusee movement has 5 turned and tapered pillars, is engraved ‘Purvis, London’ and has four spoke wheelwork. The balance platform is sunken into the top of the plates and is mounted to a decorative bracket. It has a brass three spoke balance wheel, a flat hairspring with the regulation to the back and a lever escapement. The whole is affixed in the case by two large brackets.


Alexander Purvis is listed as working 1822-1847.

Size: 9.25 in. to top of case

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