Thomas Fletcher Leeds (York), England. An inlaid mahogany cased tall clock.

Thomas Fletcher is listed in Brian Loomes latest book, “Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World.” Loomes lists Fletcher as working in 1817 through 1848 o Meadow Lane. He then moves to Low Road, Hunslet, Leeds until 1853. The city of Leeds is located in the center of England. During the Industrial Revolution, Leeds developed into s a major mill town. This clock was undoubtedly marketed to one of the mill owners or general managers.

This is an impressive looking clock. This mahogany case exhibits wonderful wood selections throughout it’s construction which are highlighted with various line inlay patterns. The present finish is quite light and compliments the wood the wood grain. This high quality of cabinetry and the proportions of this case are typical of the Yorkshire and Lancaster Counties.

This case stands on a cut out bracket base. A decorative drop apron is centered below the base section. The base panel is famed with a cross banded border. Additional inlay patterns help frame the crotch veneered base panel. The waist allows one access to the weight and pendulum through a shaped door. This is position above a large rectangular panel. The sides of the waist are fitted with canted corners. Decorative inlay patterns are also displayed in this waist section. The bonnet is a swan’s neck form ending in brass rosettes. They center a large brass ball finial that is surmounted by an eagle. The bonnet columns are nicely turned and shaped. They help support the upper bonnet facade which is trimmed in a lighter wood for contrast. The bonnet door is arched and fitted with glass. It opens to a colorfully painted dial.

This dial is signed by the Maker in the center section. It reads “T. Fletcher Leeds.” The hours are marked with Roman numerals. The quarter hour minute markers are indicated in Arabic numerals. The seconds dial and date of the month are displayed within the time track on subsidiary dials. Each of the four spandrel areas are colorfully paint decorated. In the arch is a pastoral view of a woman tending to a couple of lambs.

The movement is constructed in brass and is designed to run eight-days on a full wind. It is a time and strike format, striking the hour on a bell. It is of fine quality.

This clock stands 98 inches tall to the top of the finial or 93.5 inches tall to the top of the arches. This clock was made circa 1835.


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