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A fine quality quarter chiming mahogany longcase / grandmother clock by Gillett and Johnston of Croydon circa 1920.

  • The movement is stamped with Patent No: 25242/20 this was applied for in 1920.
  • Made by Gillett and Johnston of Croydon, retailed by Oldfield Liverpool Jewellers.
  • Height: 174cm
  • Width: 31cm
  • Depth: 23cm
  • Price: 5,900

 

Case


A high quality and rare weight driven English longcase / grandmother clock by Gillett & Johnston, Retailed by Oldfield of Liverpool Ltd.

The beautifully proportioned mahogany case of excellent colour and patination.
The arched topped hood with beaded moulding, beneath reeded canted corners terminating with carved acanthus leafs. Crimson silk lined sound frets to the hood sides.
The shaped and glazed trunk door with the original latched lock and hinges, flanked by canted reeded columns.
Raised panelled base with outer decorative moulding, over the step moulded plinth feet.

The case is made to a very high standard using the very best materials and is in excellent original condition.

Dial

The breakarch silvered brass dial signed to the lower centre Oldfield, Liverpool Ltd.
The engraved silvered brass Roman chapter ring with outer minute track.
The finely engraved dial centre with engraved spandrels to the corners.
Chime / Chime silent subsidiary dial to the arch and Westminster / Whittington selector to the left of IX.
A very crisp and well executed dial of the highest quality.

Movement

The fully restored high quality eight day duration twin weight movement strikes the quarters and hours on eight rod gongs playing either Whittington or Westminster on the quarters. The substantial regulator movement has deadbeat escapement, maintaining power, thick brass plates and large knopped plate pillars. There is a small brass weight for the going train and a very large brass weight for the striking train, both polished and laquered.

The back plate of the movement is stamped with Patent No: 25242/20, this was applied for in 1920. The mechanism used allows just two weights to be used rather than three for the quarter striking feature. Gillett & Johnston specialised in Turret clocks and public clocks, they also supplied bells from their own Foundry.

The movement is fully restored by our horologist who works exclusively for us.
Our horologist is a Fellow of the British Horological Institute (FBHI), having 35 years of full time professional engagement in the repair & restoration of clocks, watches, music boxes & barometers. He was the recipient of the 1977 Worshipful Company of Clockmakers Bronze Medal.

Weights and pendulum


The pendulum is hung from the back cock using a separate suspension which is hooked onto the brush decorated invar rod. The cast lozenge shaped pendulum bob is typical of Gillett & Johnston, with a brass knurled rating nut to the centre.

Two polished brass cased weights with substantial pulleys.

Hands

Finely fretted blued steel hands.

A very fine longcase clock of beautiful proportions, in excellent original condition and of superior regulator quality with quarter chiming two tune movement.
All of our clocks have been sympathetically restored and have been expertly vetted for originality and good working order.
All clocks purchased from us are guaranteed for twelve months.


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