19th century mahogany longcase DOMESTIC REGULATOR timepiece

Price: £4750
Stock No. 1377/Q


A good quality mid-19th century longcase DOMESTIC REGULATOR timepiece made by John BELL of BATH. 

The case is typical of the period with a Regency influence to the hood pediment, canted corners to the hood itself. A long and glazed trunk door also flanked by canted corners and a base with double plinth and bracket feet. The 8-day movement is typical for a regulator, with deadbeat escapement, full maintaining power; heavy quality plates and a precision wood-rod pendulum with substantial suspension which is itself fully adjustable. The engraved and silvered 13-inch dial is also typical for a regulator with separate inner dials for hours, minutes and seconds. Sold in full working order.

Dated: c.1870-1885

John Bell was born in 1824. He lived at home with his parents (his father was a boot and shoemaker) in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset until 1851, at which point he moved to Bath, to Trafalgar Square initially and later on to OUR own current premises 3 Quiet Street, Bath!! He later worked at 3 Old Bond Street and Chapel Row. He died in 1885.

Regulator Clocks – The Regulator clock was developed due to the need for an extremely accurate standard timekeeper by which other clocks could be set. Regulators were used in Observatories, large country houses, churches, clock workshops and retailers premises. Refinements to the movements included maintaining power, a spring device which keeps the clock going whilst winding, jewelled movements, deadbeat escapement and sophisticated compensated pendulums.


Height: 84 inches (213.5cm).  Width: 21.25 inches (54 cm).  Depth: inches (15.5 cm)