A fine quarter repeating spring table clock, by JAMES MARKWICK, Londini c1690

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Object Description

A fine quarter repeating spring table clock of small proportions. The case, which has wonderful colour and patination, is veneered in kingwood with brass bun feet and a cast basket top surmounted by a scroll carrying handle. The glazed sides are set within a cast brass wheatear frame.

The six and a quarter inch square brass dial is mounted with a silvered chapter ring and unusual well cast foliage spandrels. The dial centre is finely matted with an aperture to view the day of the month. The blued steel pointers are finely pierced and faceted.

The two train fusée movement has a verge escapement and hour strike sounded on a bell with the quarters repeated on three bells. The back plate to the movement is engraved with foliage around the maker’s signature

James Markwick was free of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1666 and is known to have worked at the Royal Exchange until c1705. His son of the same name was free of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1692 and appointed Master in 1720.

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