Mahogany Longcase Clock with Rocking Ship Automation. Robert Fletcher, Chester
Fine flame mahogany case, the hood with swan neck pediment, carved patrae, turned and reeded pillars with Corinthian capitals. Corner quadrants with inlaid shell decoration, floral inlay to the centre, satinwood line stringing and surmounted by three brass finials.
Long trunk door with satinwood line inlay flanked by canted reeded corners with floral inlay, the base with canted corners raised moulded panel with line inlay and resting on bracket feet.
Painted dial signed ‘Robert Fletcher, Chester’ with floral decoration to the corners, Roman numerals and original ‘blued’ steel hands. Subsidiary dials for seconds and days of the month and a rocking ship ( tea clipper) to the arch on a seascape.
Eight day weight driven movement with original weights and pendulum striking the hours on a large bell. C.1800
‘Watchmakers and clockmakers of the world’ by Brian Loomes lists Robert Fletcher as working in Chester, he was born in 1755 and died in 1841, he is also listed as a goldsmith.