Edinburgh, Scotland clock maker John Baxter. A mahogany cased tall clock with a very colorful dial.

This is a fine mahogany long case clock with painted dial signed “John Baxter / Edinburgh.” Brian Loomes lists a John Baxter in, “Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World” as working in 1797. This clock is much later and must have been made at the tail end of Baxter’s working career. The capital city of Edinburgh, Scotland has a long and rich tradition of clockmaking.

This mahogany case clock is a very manageable size and exhibits good proportions and outstanding mahogany wood selections. The case stands on four cut out bracket feet. The base features an inset panel of mahogany crotch veneer. This panel is trimmed with an applied decorative molding that steps up to the base structure. The waist section is fitted with a slightly shaped waist door. This door is a convex form. Above the door is a decorative molding that was very popular in clocks of Scottish origin. Please also note the og molding located below the waist door and the pillow molding positioned above it. The sides or front corners of the waist are fitted with turned ½ columns that terminate in turned wooden capitals. These columns are smoothly turned. The bonnet features a swan’s neck pediment that terminates in turned wooden rosettes. These center a single brass finial that is mounted on a plinth. Two additional finials are posted on the corners of the hood.. The bonnet columns are also turned and nicely shaped. This is a nice detail. The arched bonnet door is fitted with glass.

The two train movement is brass, eight-day duration and of good quality. Four turned pillars or posts support the two large brass plates. Hardened steel shafts support the polished steel pinions and brass gearing. The winding drums are grooved. The escapement is designed as a recoil format. The movement is weight driven and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is a two train or a time and strike design having a count-wheel 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.

The painted iron dial is signed by the “John Baxter – Edinburgh.” It is fully paint decorated with reds, greens and golds. This is a dial that attracts ones attention from across the room. A view of a castle is depicted in the arch of the dial. This building is set on a hill. Large mountains are depicted n the background. The four spandrel areas are decorated with floral themes. The time is displayed by brass hands. The minute and hour hand are decorated with engravings. A subsidiary seconds dial and calendar dial are located with in the time ring in the traditional locations.

This clock stands approximately 7 feet 1 inches tall. It was made circa 1840. It is inventory number 219141.


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