A FINE IMPRESSIVE ENGLISH MAHOGANY BRACKET CLOCKPrice: £3250
Stock No. 5181/k
A most impressive and fine quality late 18th century English BRACKET CLOCK in wonderful original condition. The case is particularly special, retaining its original finish and fine warm patina. The well-figured ‘bell’ top is surmounted with a gilt bronze fretwork bracket and “urn” finial, with four further finials (all original) to the top. The front door, with its ormolu ‘slip’ frame, and fine corner spandrels is further mounted with with side embellishments, and it is supported on good ogee bracket feet.
The eight day movement with its original anchor escapement, strikes hours on a bell, with original pierced blued steel hands to the painted dial featuring subsidiary “Strike/Silent” and date dials. It is signed by Brockbanks of London to the dial, the name repeated on the back of the dial as original instructions to the dial-painter. Perfect working order and guaranteed for at least two years. 20ins high (excluding the upper finial: 13ins wide and 8ins deep. (51 x 33 x 20cms) c1795.
** John Brockbank (1761-early 19th century) the founder member of a distinguished family of clockmakers, who together with brother Myles signed their clocks ‘Brockbanks’ until 1806. John was elected a member of the Clockmakers Company in 1776 and served as a liveryman 1777-1806, whilst brother Myles elected a member in 1776 and also served as a liveryman in 1796. He died in 1821. The partnership became eminent for the clocks they produced, particularly chronometers , and the firm continued until about 1840.