Colin Croll of Perth, Scotland. An inlaid mahogany cased tall clock.
This very attractive inlaid mahogany long case clock features a painted dial that is signed “C. Croll, Perth.” Colin Croll is listed in Brain Loomes new book, “Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World.” Loomes lists Croll as working in several locations. He is first listed as working on 16 South St. Andrew Street in Edinburgh 1806-8. He is next listed on George Street in Perth Scotland. He sold box and pocket chronometers, eight-day clocks and various types of watches. The city of Perth is located Approximately miles north of the capital city of Edinburgh. It is on the banks of the River Tay.
This is a very attractive inlaid mahogany tall case clock that exhibits excellent proportions and outstanding mahogany wood selections throughout it's construction.
This case stands on nicely formed applied ogee bracket feet. The base is trimmed with a satinwood line border. A second decorative line inlay pattern is positioned just inside the perimeter. This frames a vibrantly grained selection of mahogany. The waist section is fitted with a rectangular shaped door that shares the same inlay formatting found in the base section. The wood selected for this location is outstanding. The sides of the waist are fitted with canted corners that terminate in lamb’s tongue moldings. The bonnet features a swan's neck pediment that terminates in brass rosettes. These center a single brass finial that is mounted on a plinth. The bonnet columns are fully turned and line inlaid with satinwood stringing. They are free standing and mounted in brass capitals. The arched bonnet door is fitted with glass.
The time and strike movement is brass, eight-day duration and of excellent quality. This movement is also designed to strike each hour on a cast iron bell. The bell is mount above the movement on a stand. The movement is powered by weights.
The painted iron dial is signed by the Clockmaker just above the winding arbors. It also lists his working location as "Perth." In the arch of this dial is a depiction of the Battle of Waterloo. The Duke Wellington commander of the Allied army and the Prince of Wahlstatt Gedhard Leberecht von Blucher defeated the French Army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte on June 18th, 1815. This victory marked the final defeat of the French military leader and emperor and resulted in the end of Napoleon's reign. The four spandrels areas feature a black background that is decorated with gilded cornucopia and florals. This dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds and calendar day inside the time ring. The hands are brass and wonderfully engraved.
This clock stands approximately 6 feet 11 inches tall. This clock was made circa 1820.
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