An exceptionally rare and fine bracket clock, dating from the early 18th century, is expected to attract a lot of attention from serious collectors when it appears at auction later this month. The family heirloom has been consigned by a South Devon family along with some other interesting clocks an objects.
The London clock is was made by Thomas Taylor of Holborn. Taylor was apprenticed in 1678 under his father, and in 1697 he signed the clockmakers company oath of allegiance becoming a master clockmaker in 1710.
The ebonised bell topped case has gilt finials and a fine gilt and cast carrying handle. The 8-day duration movement features a double fusee and verge, striking on two bells. The clock is fitted with a pull cord repeat, which strikes the hours and quarters allowing the user during the night to establish the time in the dark.
The back plate is beautifully decorated with a floral engraving, and the 6 ½ inch dial has a raised engraved chapter ring which is enhanced with gilt corner spandrels. Measuring 40cm high including handle the clock has been valued at £2000 to £3000.
Auctioneer Paul Keen says “It is a privilege to handle this rare London bracket clock, from the very early days of English clock making”.
The auction will be held at the Saleroom in Plymouth on Wednesday 27th October. For further details please view the catalogue, which will be online soon, or contact us on 01752 254740 or Email.