Charles Goode, London. A London made Bracket clock.

This is a superb English Bracket Clock made by “Charles Goode, London.” He is listed in Brain Loomes Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World as working in the Strande as a member Clockmakers Company in 1686. Goode died in 1730.

This very good example. The case has been ebonized and is raised up on four wooden pad feet that applied to the bottom of the case. Both the front and back of this case are fitted with doors. The doors are fitted with glass and allow one access the clock. The sides of this case features long arched windows that are fitted with glass and trimmed along the outer edge with a molding. The top section of the case is surmounted by a bell shaped molding which terminates with a fitted brass handle.

The front door opens to access the broken arch dial. It is a composite brass dial having applied cast spandrels, a silver engraved chapters ring that displays the hours and minutes, a strike/silent indicator which is located in the arch, a day of the month calendar aperture which is located above the numeral “Six”,a matted center, a false pendulum located above the center arbor and an engraved nameplate that reads, “Cha Goode / London.” The four corner spandrels are decorated with a face. The upper spandrels also feature a face but it is depicted in profile. The Time ring features an interior minute ring. This is an early feature. It uses Roman numerals for the hours and Arabic numbers for the five minutes markers. The hands are wonderfully made and filed. They are three dimensional due to the extra work in construction.

The door at the rear of the clock allows one to view the back of the movement. This movement is framed with two heavy brass plated that are supported by five ring turned posts. The movement is then secured to the bottom of the case. The backplate is skillfully and elaborately engraved. The movement is designed to run eight days on a full wind and to strike the hour on a bell that is mounted above the movement. A second bell is also positioned here to be struck on the quarter hours. At the first quarter, this example hits each bell once. At the second it hits each bell twice. At the three quarter hour, it will strike each bell three times. At the hour, it will strike the number of the hour on the large bell only. All of this is powered by springs and incorporates fusee cones into the drive trains. This example still retains its original crown-wheel escapement and the pendulum has a steel rod, a brass lenticular bob and is suspended by steel suspension.

The approximate dimensions are as follows: The height of the case measured with the handle in the up position is 16.5 inches tall. Measured with the handle down it is 15 inches. Measured at the base, this case is 9.25 inches wide and 7 inches deep.

This clock was made 1715.

This clock is inventory number QQ-70.


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