George III mahogany bracket clock signed Henry Overall, Dover.

Circa 1780, Dover Kent.

Fully restored with a two year guarantee.

Dimensions: 52.00cm high x 30.00cm wide x 20.00cm deep

George III mahogany bracket clock signed Henry Overall, Dover.

Two train fusee movement with the original verge escapement. The back plate is delicately engraved with rococo floral swags which continue onto the brackets and verge apron. There is a repeat mechanism which when activated by the repeat cord strikes the previous hour. Silencing the strike is possible by turning the blued steel hand in the subsidiary dial in the break-arch but even when silenced, the clock can still be repeated. It is thought that many bracket clocks; valuable and prized possessions that they were, were carried from room to room as the evening progressed, finally being taken upstairs to bed where an hourly strike would be unwelcome. However a repeat cord which could be drowsily sought in the dark, would be useful as a rough indicator of the hour. The verge escapement is well suited to this peripatetic purpose as its vigorous pendulum action means the clock usually keeps ticking whilst being carried.

The 7" brass dial is a combination of engraving, casting and matting. Matting is a traditional method of texturing the brass plate with a series of many tiny indentations. An attractive juxtaposition is created by the curved burnished edges of the signed sunken cartouche set against the dullness of the central matting.

Mahogany veneered case with two-piece glazed side panels that allow a clear view of the movement. The front door has two blind frets backed with green silk for decorative effect and an attractive half-round chamfer cut into the edges. There is a central carrying handle surmounting the inverted bell-top with four pineapple finials in each corner.


Dimensions: 52.00cm high x 30.00cm wide x 20.00cm deep

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George III mahogany bracket clock signed Henry Overall, Dover.