Convex iron dial clock. Salt box case. Verge & Crown escapement. English origin. 219135

This is an early painted dial clock. The iron dial measures approximately 12 inches in diameter and features a slightly convex shape. The time ring is designed Roman style numerals to demark the hours and triangle five minute markings in the open minute ring. Four posts mount the dial directly to the movement. The time is indicated by the two nicely formed steel hands. The cast bezel is nicely formed. The detail or profile is nicely designed. It is fitted with glass a convex selection of glass. This is held in place by pins and then puttied in place. This glass protects the hands and dial surface. The bezel is hinged to the case on the right. The left side is secured with a lock.

The movement is very well constructed. The plates are cast and tapered. The bottom edge is features a cut out. The movement is powered by a spring with enough powered to run eight-days on a full wind. The movement is designed with a fusee cone that equalizes the power of the spring for a more consist supply of power to the train. This movement features a straight line wheel train. This clock also retains it’s original verge and crown escapement. This means that the bob pendulum is rigidly connected to the verge. As a result, the crown wheel is positioned on a horizontal plane. This early design fell out of favor in the late 1700’s and was replaced by the anchor escapement.

The case is constructed in mahogany and has been treated with a dark stain. The mahogany wooden bezel is nicely shaped and frames the brass bezel. Wooden brackets are applied to the back of the wooden bezel. Holes in these brackets are fitted with wooden pegs that connect the bezel to the case to the structure. The box that protects the movement is a rectangular shape. It is dovetailed together at the corners. It also incorporates the hanger in the backboard design. The drop at the bottom is for securing the case once the clock has been hung. The case has a two access doors. One is located on the right side of the case. The second door is below the movement and is used to access the rating nut of the pendulum for time adjustment.

It is very unusual to find such an early English example in the American marketplace. These clocks are highly prized in their home markets. It is interesting to note that the American clockmakers didn’t offer a spring driven wall clock until the 1850’s. And by that time, large clock companies were responsible for most of our Country’s production.

This clock is approximately 17 inches long, 15 inches wide and 6.5 inches deep. This rare example was made circa 1820.



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