Clock 24

Skeleton Clock Small

12.5 x 9 x 9 inches (without dome but including base)

Brass, glass and wood, single chain driven fusee, eight day skeleton timepiece, rafter construction, on ebonized base under glazed dome, made and retailed by James Duncan, Old Bond Street, circa 1825­1830

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Case: 12.5" x 9" x 9" small skeleton clock timepiece with rafter type construction, the main plates of brass all with vertical thrust, tapered inwards from the base and perfectly vertical when they surround the escapement. This rafter type clocks tended to be made early in the 19th century. The plates are connected by four tapered brass pillars screwed at the front plate and riveted into the back plate. Each plate has arched brass connections which form a very sturdy construction and which looks as a sort of flying buttress for such clocks. The base of the frame sits in round brass bell shaped feet on the round pink threaded cloth platform below. A brass plaque is engraved, "Duncan, old Bond Street". (Now, if we consider the history of Duncan below he was likely a young clockmaker when this skeleton clocks was made, and that is why I think he was the maker. Usually such clocks were made by apprentices and young clockmakers who would want to show off their talent.). The platform rests on an ebonized wooden oval base covered with a glass dome.

Dial: A thick silvered brass circular dial with Roman hours, dotted minute ring to the outside where the dial is scalloped every half hour. The inside of the hour chapter is evenly cut with a large central aperture to view the going train.

Movement: This is a single chain driven fusee movement, of either eight or one day duration. There is an anchor escapement at the top of the rafters. Teeth are well cut and the design is simple and efficient. A simple brass pendulum with small round bob swings at the back of the frames.

Condition: The plaque on this timepiece increases its value in the market, whether it was made by Duncan or an apprentice. Overall in very good condition with some wear to the cloth base. The dial is crisp and the plates and movement are as they should be.