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

FF-28 John Woolrich of Wolferhampton, England. 

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, iron ore, and 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 its 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 in 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 exhibits an excellent selection of figured wood. 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 16-inch circular painted iron dial. The dial is signed by the Maker. 

The movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. It is weight-driven or powered and designed to run for an eight-day duration. It will also strike each hour on a cast iron bell. The bell is mounted above the movement on a stand attached to the backplate. 

This clock was made circa 1840 and measures 63 inches long. It is 20.75 inches wide and 9.75 inches deep.

It is inventory number FF-28.

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