Morgan of Bristol, England.  An automated dial featuring a rocking ship. Tall case clock.

This is a nicely figured mahogany long case clock that features an automated brass engraved silvered dial. The dial is signed “Morgan Bristol.” In Brian Loomes Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World, there are numerous Morgans listed as working in Bristol. Bristol is a city located approximately 100 miles to the west of the capital city London. Bristol has always been one of the larger cities in England history.   This inlaid mahogany case features excellent wood selections. It stands up on four applied bracket feet. The base panel exhibits a strong vertical grain pattern and features a delicate line inlaid border. This delicate element is repeated in the rectangular shaped waist door. Through this waist door, one can access the two weights and pendulum. The side of the waist are fitted with canted corners that terminate in a simple lamb’s tongue molding. This canted surface is also line inlaid. The bonnet features a swan’s neck pediment form.  The finely shaped moldings exhibit excellent height and terminate with turned wooden rosettes. These are applied to the tips of the horns.  The perimeter of the bonnet facade is decorated with a line inlay. Fully turned and fluted bonnet columns terminate in brass capitals. The top capitals are a robust Corinthian form. These flank the bonnet door which features a scrolled interior border. This door is fitted with glass.

The single sheet brass dial is skillfully engraved and has been treated with a silvered wash. The center of this dial is also decorated with engravings. The Maker’s name and working location are engraved in this central region. It is also signed “Sculp” below the calendar aperture. This suggests that Morgan was the engraver of the dial. The time is displayed in a somewhat traditional format. The hours are marked with large Roman numerals. The five minute figures are marked on the outside of this hour ring in a large Arabic style. A subsidiary seconds dial and a calendar date dial are located with in the time track. In the arch, titled “TEMPUS FUGIT” is the display for the automated ship. The ship is also constructed from a brass sheet and the details are engraved into it. It is finished with a silver wash. This ship moves in a side to side fashion with the motion of the pendulum. All against a painted background. This wonderful feature is highly desirable in today’s marketplace.

The weight driven movement is constructed in brass and is designed to run eight-days on a full wind. It will strike each hour on a bell which is mounted above the movement. Overall, it is good quality.

This clock stands approximately 7 feet 6 inches tall to the top of the center finial. It was made circa 1800.


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