Daniel Buchanan of Glasgow, Scotland. Gentleman's regulator. Tall clock.
This very attractive mahogany case tall clock was made in Glasgow, Scotland and the engraved silvered brass dial is signed "D. Buchanan / Glasgow." Daniel Buchanan is listed in Donald Whyte's, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of Scotland. He is listed as a watchmaker and Jeweler, 8-9 Argyle Street in Glasgow in 1855 and at No. 96 in 1860-71. He is also listed as a chronometer maker. Glasgow is located on the River Clyde in the country's western central lowlands. The capital city of Edinburgh is approximately 42 miles to the east. This round dial case form was produced in the UK for many years. The round dial format, often called a "Drum Head" was first introduced in England in the 1760s. The first examples featured sheet brass dials and very conservative cases. This example represents one of the more developed or mature forms which was produced in some quantity in Scotland cities such as Glasgow after 1840.
This fine example exhibits the fully developed form. This includes excellent mahogany wood selections that are incorporated throughout it's construction. The case stands proudly on an applied base molding. The base is slightly tapered narrowing as one moves upwards until it rounds into the lower waist molding. This is a very unusual detail. The waist section is long and continues to taper towards the bonnet. This tapering accentuates the narrow proportions of the case. This section features applied decorative carvings and an applied panel. The panel features a wonderful selection of crotch mahogany veneer. The bonnet follows the form of the circular dial. It is decorated with numerous applied moldings and carvings. The addition of this decorative feature sets this model apart from the more reserved and early forms. The bonnet door opens to a circular dial.
This brass dial is engraved and has been silvered. It is signed by the Maker along with his working location. This time track is formatted with large Roman numeral hour markers. A subsidiary seconds dial is positioned inside the time track. The steel hands are nicely formed.
The movement is brass. It is a time and strike design, striking the hour on a coiled gong that is mounted to back of the case. It is weight powered and should be wound every seven days. The escapement is a deadbeat design, positively tracking the seconds. It is excellent quality.
This very pretty clock was made circa 1855 and measures approximately 6 feet 5 inches tall.
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