J. Edgecumbe Bristol, England. An inlaid mahogany case tall clock with painted moon-phase dial. 218053

John Edgecumbe is listed in Brain Loomes new book, “Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World.” Loomes lists him as working in Bristol in 1812-18. After that, it appears that he worked with his son Nathaniel for a number of years. The city of Bristol, England is located straddling the River Avon in the southwest of England in Somerset County. It has a prosperous maritime history.

This is a beautiful clock. This case exhibits wonderful wood selections throughout its construction which are highlighted with numerous line inlay patterns. This high quality of cabinetry and the woods selected for this example are typical of the period for which this clock was made.

The case stands on applied bracket feet. The base panel features a large circular line inlay. The mahogany is positioned to compliment the inlay pattern. The front corners of the base are canted. It is interested to note that the canted surface features veneer that is positioned in a chevron pattern. The lower waist molding conforms to accept this canted detail. The waist section also features a number of interesting and decorative designs. The waist door is subtly shaped at the top. The outer edge incorporates a molded edge and a thin cross banded pattern frames the perimeter of the door. A thin line inlay sets the framing on the interior. The mahogany veneer selected for the door is wonderfully figured. The grain pattern is outstanding. The sides of the waist are fitted with reeded quarter columns. These terminate in brass quarter capitals. The upper capitals are a Corinthian form. The bonnet features a swans neck form. Please note the formatting of the veneer in a radiant pattern from the center of the arch. The horns are trimmed with a nicely shaped molding. This terminates in brass rosettes. The central pediment is fitted with a single brass finial. Free standing and fully reeded bonnet columns support the upper bonnet facade. These columns are mounted in brass capitals. The upper capitals are also Corinthian form. The bonnet door is arched and glazed. It opens to a colorfully painted iron dial.

The painted iron dial features a lunar calendar or moon-phase mechanism in the arch. The four spandrel areas are colorfully decorated with floral themes. The time ring is traditionally formatted. The hours are displayed with Roman numerals. Arabic numerals are used to indicate each of the five minute positions. This dial also displays the date of the month calendar and the seconds on subsidiary dials located inside the time track. This dial is in very nice original condition and is signed in the traditional location below the calendar aperture.

This movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. It is weight driven and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is a time and strike design having a rack and snail striking system. As a result, it will strike each hour on the hour. This is done on a cast iron bell which is mounted above the movement.

This clock stands approximately 7 feet 7.5 inches ( 91.5 inches) tall to the top of the center finial. The hood is 20.5 inches wide and 10.5 inches deep. This clock was made circa 1818.


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