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Interesting English mahogany table clock

51 cm, including carrying handle
James Evans

An unusual eighteenth-century English spring-driven table clock in a mahogany-veneered oak case, signed on the dial Higgs y Diego Evans LONDRES, made circa 1770. The case is of classical shape for the period, with a so-called bell top, arched doors to the front and rear sides, and engraved brass sound frets to the corners. The case is embellished with pineapple finials on the corners and is surmounted by a carrying handle, while the clock rests on brass feet.

The corners of the arched dial are embellished by rococo spandrels around a silvered brass Roman and Arabic chapter ring, with a matted centre, date aperture and signature plaque. In the arch there is a strike/silent lever, with indications in Spanish.

The eight-day plated movement is driven by two spring barrels via gut fusees. It consists of going work with verge escapement, rack hour striking work on a bell and striking once on the half-hour. The last hour struck can be repeated at will by pulling a cord to the side of the clock. In addition the clock has a pull alarm, the alarm time being set by a central silvered disc behind the hands.

The clock is fully restored and in excellent original condition.

Note on the maker

The maker, James Evans, was associated with Robert Higgs, an eminent clockmaker. Evans spanificated his name to Diego as he frequently worked for the Spanish market, hence the Spanish inscriptions. Unusual characteristics are the half hour strike and the alarm.

Literature: Brian Loomes, Watch and Clockmakers of the World, London, 2006, p. 251.

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