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A fine quality eight day Georgian longcase clock by Whitehurst of Congleton c.1750

  • Maker: John Whitehurst (senior) was born at Biddulph in 1687 and moved to Congleton where he set up business as a clockmaker. The eldest son, also John, born in 1713 moved from Congleton to Derby in 1736 and set up his own business as a clock and barometer maker. The second son, James, remained in Congleton and worked as a clockmaker with his father.
  • Date: 1750
  • Height: 205cm
  • Width: 49cm
  • Depth: 26cm
  • Price: 3,900

 

Case

A fine quality quarter sawn oak 8 day longcase clock by Whitehurst of Congleton, circa 1750.

The well proportioned case, constructed of beautifully figured quarter sawn oak, of excellent original colour and patination.

The flat topped hood, beneath having freestanding turned pillars terminating with turned wooden capitals.

The long shaped top trunk door flanked by corresponding quarter turned columns and capitals over the box base with matching shaped fielded panel, standing on shaped bracket feet.

Brass strap hinges and diamond shaped escutcheon to the trunk door.

Dial

The square brass dial of elegant design with finely cast ornate spandrel mounts in the corners and an unusual full circular silvered dial centre typical of clocks made in Congleton during this period.

Bold Roman numerals chapter ring and an outer minute circle with Arabic numerals at five minute intervals, signed to the centre Whitehurst Congleton. Decorative engraving surrounding the winding holes.

A silvered subsidiary calendar zone to the centre.

Movement

The fine quality and original fully restored movement of eight day duration united by four knopped pillars, with anchor escapement and striking the hours on a single bell.

All of our clock movements are 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


Lead weights and the original brass faced pendulum.

Hands


Finely fretted and wrought blued steel hands.


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