An engraved brass makura-dokei. Japanese Bracket clock. YY-72.

This mid 19th century Bracket clock or makura-dokei is mounted in a decorative wooden case made of rosewood. The case is elevated on four fancifully formed ogee bracket feet. These are positioned at a forty-five degree angle from the rectangular structure of the case. This positioning has an interesting effect on the from. The case is fitted with large glass panels on all four sides. This allows excellent visual access to the clock works and its frame. The back panel is designed to slide upwards in order to gain access to the clock.

Turned and shaped pillars are vertically positioned and fitted into each of the four corners. The movement is framed with brass plates. Both of which are skillfully engraved with floral patterns. Four shaped and ring turned posts support the brass plates which in turn support the steel arbors and gearing. The movement is designed with a verge and balance wheel escapement which is located at the top of the works. It is spring powered and as is the tradition of the from runs approximately 30-hours on a wind. The time side features a fusee cone and a chain connects this to the spring barrel. The strike train is also spring powered by a going barrel. A traditional Japanese count-wheel is mounted on the outside of the backplate. This clock strikes a bell mounted above the works with a torsioned hammer.

The sunken dial features a rotating chapter ring with adjustable markers for the Temporal hours. These are engraved and treated with a silver finish. Shokudo markers for the ½ positions. This reads against a fixed steel hand.

This case measures approximately 9 in (23 cm) height, 7 (18 cm) inches wide and 4.75 inches deep. YY-72

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