An exceptional 1780s Lancashire mahogany longcase clock of very high quality, both in terms of the case and the movement.
The ornate grand case is of typical Liverpool-style, but with every detail possible; the base with brickwork corners, the trunk with four knopped pillars to each side and a blind fretwork frieze; the hood having a swan-neck fitted with glass insets, gold painted on a black ground. The hood similarly has freestanding quadruple column structures to the sides. The veneers are highly figured, the base panel having book-matched veneers.
The 13-inch brass dial has a chequerwork engraved pattern to the centre with a silvered plaque bearing the maker’s name. It has centre datework and centre seconds – very rare to have both.
The rolling moon has a silvered arc above, with the words On Times Uncertain Date ETERNITY Depend.
The high quality eight-day movement has dead-beat pallets and is rack striking on a bell.