A good English 12” fusee dial clock signed Handley & Moore, London. Circa1815.

Circa 1815, England

A good English 12” fusee dial clock signed Handley & Moore, London. Circa1815.

The eight day movement has some typical features of the Regency period, the earlier clocks tend to have more detail as seen in the shaped plates and heavy pillars. The front plate is stamped Handley & Moore and numbered 3576 as is the barrel containing the mainspring. The fusee great wheel bears an the HM foundry mark.
The wooden dial has great character with its original craquelure background; the numerals and signature have been re-touched. The dial is encompassed by a heavy cast brass bezel, the concave profile of which runs elegantly into the slim mahogany surround. The lock in the bezel is another feature of a good quality earlier dial clock. The back box has solid mahogany sides; curl veneer on the bottom and rebated oak backboard.
Handley & Moore made movements for many other good clockmakers and their stamp can be found on some of the best domestic clocks of the period. See John Grant “English dial clocks,” R E Rose page 46. The were both apprenticed to John Thwaites and set up by themselves in Clerkenwell, by then the centre of clockmaking in London, at 39 Clerkenwell Close in 1798.

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A good English 12” fusee dial clock signed Handley & Moore, London. Circa1815.