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Spring clock by John Gerrard London, c.1700

37 cm handle down
John Gerrard
on request

A superb Queen Anne Quarter Repeating Ebony-Veneered Oak Table Clock by John Gerrard, London, circa 1700-1705

This great spring clock has a 7x8-inch gilt brass dial with gilt brass winged-cherub spandrels, and a matted centre with mock pendulum aperture. The upper part is engraved depicting scrolled vines and the maker’s signature: J Gerrard LONDON as well as a strike/silent button. There is a date aperture above the VI.

The twin fusee movement has a knife-edge verge escapement, rack striking on a bell and with pull quarter repeat on four bells. The backplate is profusely engraved with foliate scrolls around an oval signature cartouche: John Gerrard LONDON. The movement is secured in the case by two turn buckles and a single bolt through the bottom board.

The case has a domed top and a gilt-brass carrying handle above a moulded cornice, beautiful pierced wooden sound frets to the glazed sides, unusual bolection mouldings all over and block feet.

The time is indicated by a fine pair of period pierced blued-steel hands on a silvered Roman chapter ring with hour, half hour, quarter-hour, 7½ minute, Arabic five-minute and minute divisions.

The maker, John Gerrard, became a member of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1697. He was active at St Anne’s Westminster. However, there was also a clockmaker of the same name working in St Martin in the Fields.

Literature: B. Loomes, Clockmakers of Britain 1286-1700, Ashbourne, 2014, pp. 214-15; Sunny Dzik, Engraving on English Table Clocks: Art of a Canvas of Brass, 1660-1800, Oxford, 2019, p. 181 ff, Plate 18.5

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