George II walnut bracket clock signed James Snelling, London.

Circa 1745, London England.

Fully restored with a two year guarantee.

Dimensions: 48.00cm high x 27.00cm wide x 18.00cm deep

The 8 day fusee movement still retains the original verge escapement. The lenticular pendulum is hung independently from the verge via a suspension spring; this arrangement allows the clock to be regulated from the front by means of a subsidiary dial and hand. A previous owner seems to been confused by which way the hand should be turned to speed or slow the clock, hence the note inside the front door. It is however quite simply clockwise, forward to advance and gain.
The two subsidiary dials are a nice feature the other dial enables the strike to be turned on or off. The rise and fall method is thought to have been invented by Thomas Tompion, as is the false pendulum seen through the curved aperture cut above the dial centre. The small engraved bob the cut-out is not only pleasing to watch but as Tompion probably intended; it enabled the the owner to start the clock without having to open the back.
The movement is also fitted with a strike repeat facility operated via the pull cord. Viewed from the back the movement is heavily engraved and there is a pendulum lock for transportation.
The walnut case is finely made and has a good colour. A good sign of quality is the detail and attention applied to the back of the case and the rear door is very attractive; with a shaped, glazed window surrounded by cockbeading frets and cross-grained moulding.
James Snelling was made master of the Clockmakers Company in 1736.

Dimensions: 48.00cm high x 27.00cm wide x 18.00cm deep

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George II walnut bracket clock signed James Snelling, London.