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A fine quality eight day longcase clock by James Ritchie of Edinburgh c.1825

  • Maker: James Ritchie was apprenticed to James Howden on Parliament square around 1799 and was listed in a marriage record of 1804 as being a watchmaker & Jeweller. James Ritchie opened for business in 1809 at 29 Leith Street.
    In 1809 he took over Joseph Durward's clockmaking firm which had been established in 1775. 1814: James was made a Burgess of the City of Edinburgh and the business flourished.
  • Date: 1825
  • Height: 206cm
  • Width: 47cm
  • Depth: 22cm
  • Price: 5,950

 

Case

A fine quality mahogany 8 day longcase clock by James Ritchie of Edinburgh, circa 1825.

The beautifully proportioned mahogany veneered case of typical drumhead design with flame curled veneers to the trunk door flanked by turned quarter columns. The base with a raised single moulding and shaped bracket feet. The hood with locking glazed concave brass bezel, drum shaped top. Turned horizontal supports with decorative paterae.

Dial

The circular silvered brass dial finely engraved with bold Roman numerals and an outer minute circle.

Subsidiary date and seconds zone to the dial centre, signed to the centre James Ritchie Edinburgh.

Movement

The high quality movement is of eight day duration, the shaped plates united by four knopped pillars, anchor escapement and striking the hours on a single bell.

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 original cast iron weights, original brass faced pendulum.

Hands


Fine quality original blued steel hands of elegant design.


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