English Fusee Dial Clock. An exceptional example having eglomise decorated panels. 219091

This form is referred to by many names. The most common of which is the “English Fusee Dial Clock.” These clocks were very popular because they were relatively inexpensive and were solidly constructed. They were also reliable timekeepers. They were installed in schools, railways, galleries, posts, banks and counting rooms, insurance offices, factories, coffee houses and pubs across the UK. As a result, they have taken their installation or location names and are often referred to as school clocks, railway clocks, gallery clocks, post office clocks and pub clocks. In recent years, they have become increasing desirable for use in the home.

This is a very unusual and attractive example. It must have been made on special order. This dial or wall clock was made in England circa 1880 and is in very good original condition. The case is designed to hang on a wall and is constructed in mahogany and exhibits a dark rich color. The forward facing surfaces are fitted with decorative glass panels. These are paint decorated from the back. The process is called eglomise. The colors remain bright and feature red, blue, black and gold. The background field of color is an ivory white. The panel in the lower drop box has a clear opening in the paint design so that one can view the motion of the brass faced pendulum bob when the clock is in operation. Eras are positioned on both sides of this box. The octagon shape is a very popular form. The brass bezel is fitted with glass and protects the painted iron dial. This dial features Roman style hour numerals and is signed “E. DRAKE / HALIFAX.” Drake was most likely the original owner of this clock. This dial measures approximately 11 inches in diameter. The hands are well formed and made of steel.

The movement is excellent quality. It is constructed in brass. The plates are robust and cast from brass. The gearing incorporates a fusee design. The fusee is a conical shaped drum that in theory, evenly regulates the power output of the spring. The movement is designed to run eight days on a full wind. The escapement is a recoil. This clock is a very reliable timekeeper.

This clock case measures approximately 24 inches long, 17.5 inches wide and is approximately 6 inches deep.

A very similar clock, its twin is currently on display at the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, PA. That clock is hanging on the wall in the European Gallery.


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