Clock 33

Red Wicker

25.5 x 13.5 x 10 inches

Ebonized, Dore bronze and ormolu, triple spring, time, strike and quarterly chiming "Grand Sonnerie" mantel clock in the Teutonic style, case made in Germany, dial and movement made in England, possibly made and retailed by William Edmead (working 1851−1881), 138 Gower Street, London circa 1880.

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Case: 25.5" 10" x 13.5" Ebonized wood (oak or pine) bracket clock in traditional late Teutonic Victorian form with an arched bonnet pediment supporting a stepped pediment with a large gilt acorn finial. The tympanum within the arch has an applied Dore bronze female facial mask with a plethora of rococo ornamentation. The corners of the upper case have four gilt urn and acorn finials. Below the overhung molded cornice is the rectilinear glazed dial door with key escutcheon flanked by chamfered case corners with ormolu caryatid female figures. The dial door is separated at the top by ebonized curves bars enclosing the two ormolu facial mask spandrels back by pink/− red clock. The dial door has beveled glass. The sides of the case have elongated ovoid side lights with sunburst rays in gilt metal back by red cloth and having embossed carrying handles just above. Below the door there is a border of ormolu lance leaf ornament which is present on three sides of the case just above the ebonized base resting on rococo Dore bronze animal paw feet.

Dial: An arched brass dial plate with applied silvered Roman hour chapter ring with Fleur−de−Lys half hour markers, closed minute track, matte dial center with three winding apertures and machine made steel Chippendale style hands, foliate applied spandrels, while the lower chapter ring is imprinted with the name, "Wm. Edmead, 138 Gower Street, London. In the lunette there are two subsidiary dials: Strike/silent on the right and a speed regulator on the left, both also enclosed with spandrels.

Movement: A well−made rectilinear solid brass plate movement with tubular pillars, powered by three barrel springs, of eight day duration and having grand sonnerie striking, i.e. strikes the hours and quarters at each quarter. At 7:15 it would strike the seven hours on a coiled gong and then one quarter on the nest of bells above the movement, at 7:30 would strike the seven hours and two quarters on the bells. There are several tear shaped hammers which are part of the movement hitting a matching the number of bells. A short pendulum with brass bob swings at the rear of the movement and hangs from the pendulum suspension spring. There is a butterfly pendulum bridge. The movement is signed at the base of the rear plate, matching what is seen on the dial.

Condition: We know that William Edmead was a jeweler and a watchmaker, and perhaps he retailed this particular clock.  English made triple spring movement with a nest of bells for the Grand Sonnerie striking, perhaps made by but certainly retailed by Wm. Edmead who added his name to the dial and movement plates.