Eight day fusee dial clock signed Paine Epping.

Circa 1840, Epsom

Fully restored with a two year guarantee.

Dimensions: 36.00cm high x 36.00cm wide x 16.00cm deep

The convex dial retains the original painted background and is accompanied with nicely balanced pair of steel Breguet style hands. The dial is protected by a convex glass, which is held in a cast brass bezel with a quadrant profile. A lock fitted into the mahogany surround secures the brass bezel. Both the bezel and surround have small and neat proportions. The carcase is mahogany and pine with mahogany veneers to the base and bottom door that is also fitted with a lock and key.
There are some nice details in the movement with the shaped plate, turned pillars and teardrop feet on the back-cock. These pleasing elements were omitted from most of the dial clocks fabricated in the second half of the 19th century. Dial clocks were still being made in England well into the mid 20th century but these timepieces were purely functional and often have large corporation’s names on the dial such as the G.P.O. Greater production brought with it less concern for the aesthetic appearance. Convex dials with elegant Roman numeral were replaced with flat dials with clumsy spade hands and the bezel that holds the covering glass was made from a thin piece of brass pressed into shape and instead of a lock to hold it closed another thin strip of brass acting as a toggle. The quality of case materials also declined, the earlier cases were made from mahogany imported from the West Indies or South America with the curved bottoms covered with a piece of veneer with curl figuring. These timbers with a close-grain age better and produce a superior colour and patina.

Dimensions: 36.00cm high x 36.00cm wide x 16.00cm deep

£2250.00

   
Eight day fusee dial clock signed Paine Epping.