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A fine quality flame mahogany 8 day longcase clock by Harrison of Ormskirk c.1800

  • Maker: Richard Harrison of Ormskirk 1790 - 1815, Case made by James Moorcroft, the best Ormskirk cabinet maker.
  • Date: 1800
  • Height: 248cm 
  • Width: 58cm
  • Depth: 25cm
  • Price: £5,800

 

Case

The high quality case of typical late 18th century Lancashire style, having the finest flame mahogany veneers and boxwood fan inlays. The boxed swan-neck pediment hood with surmounted with three original wooden finials, gilt decorated panels beneath. The hood door flanked by double turned and crisply reeded columns. The beautifully figured shaped top mahogany trunk door flanked by reeded quarter columns to the trunk sides. The inlaid base with canted corner and complex stepped mould, all set on four ogee bracket feet.

Dial

The beautifully executed arched japanned dial of “Osborne” manufacture, with Roman numeral chapter ring and outer Arabic numeral markings, with subsidiary seconds dial and date zone. Revolving phases of the moon to arch with opposing scenes depicting rural landscapes Early japanned decorated dial with finely painted raised gilt gesso and flower corner spandrels. The dial centre painted with birds of paradise and signed Harrison Ormskirk.

Movement

A fully restored fine quality eight day, four pillar movement, rack striking the hours on a single bell, with geared moon drive.

Hands

Finely fretted blued steel hands of serpentine design and brass centre calendar hand.

Weights and pendulum

Original cast iron weights and brass bob pendulum.

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