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A fine quality eight day longcase clock by James Scott of Leith, Edinburgh c.1790

  • Maker: James Scott working at Shore, Leith 1774 - 1800, Exported clocks to Norway and Georgia (USA). Signed the petition against the tax on clocks and watches in December 1797
  • Date: 1790
  • Height: 225cm with central finial / 216cm without the finial.
  • Width: 48cm
  • Depth: 23cm
  • Price: 3,950

 

Case

A fine quality mahogany 8 day longcase clock by James Scott of Leith, circa 1790.

The beautifully proportioned mahogany veneered case of typical Edinburgh design with high quality veneers to the trunk door flanked by reeded quarter columns. The canted corner figured base with a raised single moulding and shaped bracket feet. The swan-neck pediment hood with ornate brass paterae and three cast brass finials, beneath boxwood fretted "Edinburgh panels".  The glazed hood door flanked by turned and reeded wooden columns terminating with brass capitals, corresponding half turned columns to the rear of the hood with wooden capitals and glazed movement viewing windows.

The original brass lock and brass hinges to the trunk door.

An elegant case in fine original condition with excellent quality veneers of good colour and patination.

Dial

The arched painted dial finely executed with bold Arabic numerals and an outer minute track with Arabic numerals to the quarters and snowflake markings.

The dial corners beautifully decorated with brightly coloured roses on a green background surrounded by a raised gesso gold leaf border.

The arch with allegorical Muse and Cornucopia, flanked by painted flowers.

Subsidiary date and seconds zone to the dial centre, signed to the centre Jas Scott Leith.

Movement

The high quality movement is of eight day duration, the 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 lead weights and painted decorated face pendulum.

Hands


Finely fretted and stamped original brass hands..


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