A quite magnificent and impressive clock in terms of both the movement and the cabinet-work, this large wall clock is quarter-chiming on a nest of eight bells.
The oak case is carved into three-dimensional open scrollwork – the dial surround appears to curl backwards, the base is like woven ribbons of polished wood. The arched side doors have material-back sound frets.
The eight-day three-train movement has an anchor escapement, chiming the quarters on a nest of eight bells, and the hours on a ninth. The movement is to be overhauled, hence the video shows it missing the odd note.
The 12-inch dial is equally splendid. It is gently convex, painted with a gilt Arabic chapter ring and artistic gilt embellishment to incorporate the three winding holes and centre, and a pennant with the maker’s name, G&T HAMMOND, Manchester.
The steel lancet hands are the original matched pair. Dial and hands are protected by a cast brass bezel fitted with convex glass.
George and Thomas Hammond are listed in Lancashire Clocks and Clockmakers, by Brian Loomes as working at 42 Cross Street. King St. Manchester from 1848 to 1851.