An English made Skeleton Clock. Time and strike with a fall off quarter hour strike. 221182

This Skeleton clock is finely made and is a larger size. Intricately carved feet raise the rosewood base off the table surface. The wooden platform is nicely formed and features eight sides. The profile of the base sides begins at the bottom with a narrow bead molding which transitions into a large cove molding and terminates in a second bead. Five brass plates, concentrically formed, create steps. The gothic-shaped brass frames of skeleton clock movement are mounted to the top plate. The predominant features in the design are five individual spires that rise off the top of each plate for a total of ten spires altogether. This design is reminiscent of many of the Cathedrals spread across the European countryside. The pierced framing supports the hardened steel shafts and brass gearing. The decorative scrolling of the plates exposes the internal workings of the movement.

The movement is a two-train design. It features an anchor escapement, fusee power, and a full strike train. This mechanism is unusual because it is designed to strike each hour on a coil gong mounted behind the works. In addition, it also strikes once at each half-hour position on the same gong. At the remaining quarter hours, a fall-off strike is employed. This makes use of the bell mounted at the top of the mechanism. The hammer, which is clearly visible to the right side of the bell, makes one blow on the bell at 15 and 45 minutes past each hour. This clock is designed to run eight days on a full wind. The brass dial is decoratively designed and features Roman hour numerals painted on tulip-shaped plaques. The glass dome that protects this clock from dust is period and is original to the clock. It exhibits a lot of character.

This clock is approximately 20 inches tall without the dome, 10.5 inches wide at the base, and 8.5 inches deep. This clock was made circa 1845. It is inventory number 221182.


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