Middlemass (Thomas?) of Edinburgh, Scotland. A quarter striking bracket in an inlaid mahogany case.

This is a wonderful inlaid mahogany case bracket clock with brass composite dial signed by the Maker, “MIDDLEMASS, EDINBURGH.” Thomas Middlemass is listed as a Clock and Watchmaker in Donald Whyte’s “Clockmakers & Watchmakers of Scotland.” Thomas was born about 1830. His Brother Archibald was also a clockmaker. Thomas is listed as having two location in Edinburgh. In 1860 through 1872 his shop was located at 5 Spittal Street. In 1873 he relocated to 11 Lothian Road and worked there until 1900.

The case is constructed in mahogany and is nicely decorated with fanciful inlay patterns. Many of which accent the shape of the domed top shaped case form. This case stands on four finely detailed ogee bracket feet. These are applied to the bottom of the case and feature a relaxed design. The base molding features a broad flat facing before it transitions to a shaped molding. This flat facing is decorated with a decorative inlay pattern. This treatment is also repeated on the side of the case. Above this is another section that is decorated with inlay. The central theme is a conch shell. This is framed with quarter fans and a satin wood banding. Two line inlaid circles frame that brass bezel. The sides of the case are fitted with panels. These feature a pierced fretwork pattern that is backed in silk. The color of this can easily be changed if one wishes. These panels are designed to allow the sound of the quarter striking mechanism to more easily escape the interior of the case. Above these panels is a brass mounted carrying handle. One on each side. The brass bezel is cast and is fitted with beveled glass. This acts like a door and opens to access the dial. Through the glass on can view the clock’s dial. The dial is brass. It features a gilt matte center. An applied chapter ring is formatted with Roman style hour numerals, Arabic style five minute markers, a closed minute ring and fleur-de-lis decorations between the hours. This chapter ring is treated with a silver wash for contrast. The time is indicated by the black steel hands that are decorated with elongated fleur-de-lis. The three train fusee movement is designed to run eight days on a full wind, strike each hour on a large coil gong and to strike each quarter hour on a series of four graduated coil gongs. It strikes the Westminster sequence and the sound is excellent. The movement is heavy and well made. The construction is typical of English / Scottish production.

This clock measures approximately 21 inches tall, 14 inches wide and 10.25 inches deep. This clock was made circa 1895.\

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