18th Century George III Figured Mahogany Three Pad Bracket Clock by JOHN WRIGHT DORKING, Circa 1780. England
A most attractive English bracket clock, made around 1780, signed on the silvered dial John Wright DORKING. The mahogany veneered oak case is of classical shape for the period, with an arched top, moulded base and brass bracket feet. The top has three brass lined pads and is surmounted by a carrying handle on the middle one. The sides have pierced brass silk-backed sounds frets whilst the back door is glazed showing the beautifully engraved backplate. The engraved silvered dial is protected by an arched glazed front door. The time is indicated by a fine pair of pierced blued steel hands on a chapter ring, which has Roman hour, Arabic five-minute and minute divisions.
The high-quality spring-driven eight-day twin fusee brass movement consists of going and striking trains. The going train has its original verge escapement and a short pendulum with knife-edge suspension, hidden by a lovely engraved asymmetric backcock apron. The rack striking indicates the hours on a bell. It can be repeated at all times by pulling a cord.
The maker, John Wright, was active as a clockmaker in Dorking from 1771 until 1828