Lichfield Cathedral Skeleton Clock by Smiths, Clerkenwell


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Object Description

An English fusee striking skeleton clock in the design of Lichfield Cathedral. This design of skeleton clock is attributed to John Smith of Clerkenwell, a large-scale producer of skeleton clocks from the mid 19th century until c. 1900.  This design (no. 188 from their c.1865 catalogue) was significantly more expensive than their non-striking skeleton clocks. It was priced at £9/0s/0d, whereas their timepiece, less ornate clocks were priced between £2/10s and £6/0d.

The eight-day six-pillar spring-driven double chain-fusee movement strikes the hours and the passing of the half hour on a gong, and has a trip repeat function; In other words, a cord that extends through the base of the clock will repeat the last hour struck when pulled.

The clock is raised on a stepped plinth base on a velvet-covered ebonised wood base with bun feet, and protected by a glass dome.

The 7-inch pierced silvered dial has Roman numerals.

Object Condition

Overhauled and guaranteed for 3 years.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1935 713333

Dealer Location

Bank Farm,
Lower Odcombe,
BA22 8TY

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