Late 19th Century Mahogany Longcase Clock by Maple and Co

GBP 6,800.00

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Object Description

Late 19th century mahogany longcase clock in perfect working order. The face signed by Maple and Company London.

The 8-day movement of this clock was most probable made by Elliott, a name which has always been synonymous with quality clocks. In 1865 James Jones Elliott of 156 Cheapside in the City of London, was apprenticed to “Bateman” of 82 St John Street, Smithfield, London to learn the art of clock making. He then founded a clockmaking company which in various guises made quality clocks until the mid-1960’s.
The three-train movement strikes Westminster quarters and the hour on gongs. A strike/silent switch is provided. The escapement is “dead beat” being more accurate than the usual anchor escapement of longcase clocks and this accuracy is further supported by maintaining power which keeps the clock running during winding.

Object History

Founded in 1841 by John Maple. Manufacturing and retailing from the hub of the furniture centre in London’s Tottenham Court Road. Due to the founder & his son’s drive and commitment to excellence, the company expanded greatly and added further workshops and points of sale in both Paris and Buenos Aires.

Object Literature

Traditionally, longcase clocks were made with two types of movement: eight-day and one-day (30-hour) movements. A clock with an eight-day movement required winding only once a week, while generally less expensive 30-hour clocks had to be wound every day. Eight-day clocks are often driven by two weights – one driving the pendulum and the other the striking mechanism, which usually consisted of a bell or chimes. Such movements usually have two keyholes on either side of the dial to wind each one. By contrast, 30-hour clocks often had a single weight to drive both the timekeeping and striking mechanisms. Some 30-hour clocks were made with false keyholes, for customers who wished that guests to their home would think that the household was able to afford the more expensive eight-day clock. Most longcase clocks are cable-driven, meaning that the weights are suspended by cables. If the cable was attached directly to the weight, the load would cause rotation and untwist the cable strands, so the cable wraps around a pulley mounted to the top of each weight. The mechanical advantage of this arrangement also doubles the running time allowed by a given weight drop.

Object Details

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1832 274595
+44 (0)7776178557

Dealer Location

Barnwell Manor
Northamptonshire PE8 5PJ
United Kingdom

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