John Woolrich of Wolferhampton, England. This is a large wall clock in a mahogany case. FF28

This is an impressive mahogany dial clock having a painted circular dial signed “J. N. Woolrich, Wolferhampton.”

John Woolrich is listed in Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World. Volume 2, as working in Wolferhampton, England from 1835 through 1842. The city of Wolferhampton is located in the West Midlands of England. During and after the Industrial Revolution, the city became a major industrial center that focused on the mining of coal, limestone and iron ore as well as the production of steel.

This dial clock is designed to hang on a wall in a large room or at the end of a hallway. One would expect to see a clock like this in it’s day in a bank or other public office. In this situation, it would provide the time for the patrons of the business.

The case is constructed in figured mahogany and makes a statement. The base or lower section of the case rolls back to the wall forming a quarter round. The front section is highlighted with an applied molding forming a panel. The waist section features a similar design to that of a standard tall case clock found this region of clockmaking. It is long with inset fluted quarter columns that terminate in turned wooden capitals. The waist door is nicely shaped and features an excellent wood grain. This door allows one access to the pendulum and cast iron weights. The circular bonnet appears to be resting on a fanciful molding. The bonnet door is veneered and opens to access the sixteen inch circular painted dial. The dial is signed by the Maker. The movement is brass. It is a time and strike design, striking the hour on a bell. It will run eight days on a full wind.

This clock was made circa 1840 and measures 63 inches long. It is inventory number FF-28.

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