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12 inch Queen Anne burl walnut longcase clock

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A superb early 18th century eight-day longcase clock, c. 1705-10. The exquisite burl walnut veneered oak case is of the highest quality, having a square hood and a trunk door framed with walnut D-mouldings and a gilt wooden lenticle showing the movement of the pendulum. The hood has fine sound frets and is flanked by plain walnut columns with wooden capitals and bases. It has viewing windows to the sides. The base, which is in perfect harmony with the hood, has shallow stepped mouldings, typical of the period and a plinth at the bottom.

The weight-driven eight-day movement has going and striking trains and is in remarkably original state. The going train has anchor escapement with seconds pendulum, while the striking is regulated by an outside count wheel. In addition, it has striking in passing on the half hour, which is quite rare. The beautifully executed 12-inch brass dial has a silvered chapter ring, a subsidiary seconds ring under the XII and a finely engraved date aperture above the VI in the matted centre. The chapter ring has the classic division into Roman numerals with fine half-hour markers, an inner track with quarter-hour divisions, which adds to its elegance, and Arabic five-minute divisions on the outside with a minute track. The time is indicated by a fine pair of period blued-steel hands, the hour hand richly pierced. The winding holes are ringed whilst the corners are embellished by lovely putti-and-crown spandrels.

The clock has been fully restored and is in excellent condition.

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