This is a superb Bracket Clock has an engraved brass dial that is signed by the Boston Clockmaker, "Crafts Mackay."
Crafts Mackay is listed in Clockmakers & Watchmakers of America By Name & Place written by Thomas & Sonya Splttler and Chris Bailey as working in Boston in 1785 through 1789 and then in Charlestown, SC in 1790 through 1814 and then in Philadelphia, PA in 1805. He came from Scotland to London and then to America. Two English style bracket clocks including this one are reported.
This is a wonderful example of an American signed bracket clock that may be of UK origin. It is thought that the vast majority of American Bracket Clocks that share this form in fact constructed in England and sold to the retail American market by American Clockmaker who would signed their own name on the dials. This example retains its original ebonized case, bell top and decorative brass mounts. The case stands proudly on four cast brass feet. They are nicely formed and applied to the bottom of the clock elevating it. Other brass fittings include the two decorative castings that are applied to the canted front corners of the case, two cast spandrels that are incorporated into the design of the front door, the four decorative finials that are mounted at the four corners of the case and the brass carrying handle which is mounted to the top of the case. Both the front and back of this case are fitted with doors. The doors are fitted with glass and allow one access the clock. The sides of this case features decorative cutouts. These are also fitted with glass and allow one to look into the interior of the case to look over the construction of the movement.
The front door opens to access the broken arch brass dial that is finished with a silver wash. This dial is engraved with a time ring that lays out the hours and minutes, a strike/silent indicator which is located in the arch, a day of the month calendar aperture located above the numeral "Six", and the Clockmaker's name and working location. The Maker's name is signed in a script format. The hour chapter ring features Roman numerals for the hours and Arabic numbers for the minutes.
The door at the rear of the clock allows one to view the back of the movement. The heavy brass backplate is skillfully and elaborately engraved in a floral theme. They are supported by five shouldered posts. The movement is fastened to the bottom of the case. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind and to strike each hour on a bell mounted to the backplate. The movement is powered by springs and features fusee cones. It still retains its original crown-wheel escapement and the pendulum has a steel rod, a brass lenticular bob and is suspended by steel suspension.
The approximate dimensions are as follows: The height measured with the handle in the up position is 19 inches, and measured with the handle down it is 18 inches tall. At the feet, this case is 12 inches wide and is 7.25 inches deep.
This clock was made 1785.
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