English-made Bracket Clock. Retailed by Bigelow Kennard & Company in Boston. Quarter striking movement. 219214

This is an impressive lacquered decorated bracket clock with a brass composite dial signed by the retailer Bigelow Kennard & Company. This example is English-made and of excellent quality.

This wooden cabinet is finished in black lacquer and is elevated on four applied brass ogee bracket feet. The front corners of the main cabinet are fitted with decorative brass castings. These are cast in a classical theme. The full-length male figures are well-formed. A cloth is draped across their midsection. Each hand is holding a trident. Outstretched wings extend from the figure’s back and are raised above their head. This form may be interpreted as the Greek God Eros. Eros is the God of Love. The corners of the case are molded specifically for these two figures. The front door is arched in form and fitted with glass that is framed with brass molding. The sides of this case are fitted with arched windows that are covered with pierced brass screens. These are backed with red silk-like material. This material serves several purposes. It provides dust production for the works. The deep red color contrasts nicely with the black and yellow brass. And it also allows the sound of the bell, when struck inside the case, to escape more easily than if these windows were solid wood. The rear door is quite large. It is also screened. The diamond pattern is smaller than the pattern found on the sides. The top of the clock case is surmounted with four brass finials. One is positioned on each of the four corners. Please also note the large brass carrying handles which are mounted on the sides.

This fusee-powered “Victorian Chimer” is a three-train design. It is designed to strike the hours and quarter hours. However, one has the option of turning the striking portion of the movement on and off as desired. If you choose to set the clock up to strike, then you have the option of having it strike just the hours. This is done on a large coil wire gong mounted behind the movement. If you choose to have it strike the quarter hours, then the clock will strike on each quarter-hour on a nest of eight graduated bells. These are mounted above the clockworks. In addition, the operator has the option of choosing one of two tunes with a selector hand that is located in the arch of the dial. You have the choice of having it strike the Westminster chiming sequence, which was made popular by the Act of Parliament clock in London. You also have the option of having it strike an eight bell sequence. Both tunes are progressive. This heavily constructed movement is designed to run for eight days on a full wind. Two large plates are supported by traditionally shaped brass pillars or posts. The back plate on this example is fully engraved. The engraving decoration also extends to the pendulum bob. The gearing is brass, and the pinions are steel. The movement is spring-driven and designed to run for eight days on a full wind. It incorporates a fusee cone in each train, so the power is equalized over the period of the run. This movement is fitted with a rack and snail striking system. All in all, it is very good quality.

The dial is brass and is constructed from a brass sheet fitted with several decorative elements. The four cast corner spandrels are applied to the dial and frame the applied time ring. This time ring has been finished in a silver wash. The time ing is formatted with large Roman-style hour numerals. A closed minute ring separates the Arabic-style five-minute markers from the hour positions. The inside surface area of the time ring has been textured. This design provides better contrast between the dial and the black steel hour and minute hands. Additional spandrels are located in the arch of the dial. These are also used to frame the three additional silver rings located there. The one on the left is the silent / strike indicator or shut-off. To the right of this is the tune selector. Your choice is Westminster chimes or Chime on eight bells. The center ring is an exterior adjustment for the timing of the clock. The retailer’s name is engraved on a plaque that is mounted below the hour numeral XII.

This clock measures a full 18 inches tall to the top of the central finial. This clock is 16.5 inches wide and 10 inches deep at the feet. This fine example was made circa 1890.



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