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 up off the table surface. The wooden base is nicely formed and features eight sides. The profile of the base sides begin at the bottom with a narrow bead molding which transitions to a large cove molding and terminates in a second bead. Five brass plates, concentrically formed, create steps. The skeleton clock frames are mounted to the top plate. The gothic shaped are brass and nicely formed. The predominate features in the design are five individual spires that rise off the top of each plate for a total of ten spires all together. 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.

This two train movement is set up with an anchor escapement, fusee power and a full strike train. This mechanism is unusual in that 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 on the mechanism. The hammer, which is clearly visible to the right 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 shape 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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