A fine William III period ebonised table clock with an aristocratic history.
The 7 inch rectangular brass dial has a raised chapter ring with silvered Roman and Arabic numerals with elaborate half hour and half-quarter markers, over winged cherub spandrels and below two silvered quadrants, one inscribed Strik/ Not Strik [sic], the other for regulation marked from 5 to 25, each with a well fettled steel arrow hand and engraved with foliate scrolls to the centres and borders, flanking the central engraved signature cartouche. The dial centre has fine steel hands and a shaped mock pendulum aperture.
The high quality two train gut fusee movement has a restored verge escapement, rack and pinion regulation and pull quarter repeat on a single bell. The rectangular plates are united by six knopped and finned pillars. The backplate is profusely engraved with foliate scrolls centred and the maker’s signature is set within a central cartouche.
The elegant ebonised dome topped case has fine repoussé brass mounts formed of a Viscount’s coronet set among foliage and flowers. The gilt brass sound fret at the top of the glazed door and the vertical applied escutcheons are original along with the tied bud carrying handle at the top.