Mantel and Table Clocks

Musical Dutch striking table clock

    Musical Dutch striking table clock

    Great Britain, London

    Circa 1770

    Thomas Hunter Junger

    Mahogany, steel, brass, enamel, glass; casting, wood carving, varnishing, mechanical work

    59 x 33 x 22.5 cm


    Clock is in mahogany case with moulding, arched top with gilded phials and openwork ornament, on profiled socle with protruding golden supports. Glazed doors with dead locks, golden rimming, arches and acoustic apertures with slotted ornament that are closed with fabric from the inner side are on the front and rear sides. Pilasters with flutes and brass onlays are on the front bevelled ribs. Folding handles, rimmed glazed windows are on the lateral sides beneath them. Cords for the musical movement and repeater restarting are below.
    Gilded slotted onlays are at the corners of the brass clock face with the engraved ornament. White enamel clock dial with three winding holes for winding the clock strike, the clock escapement and the musical movement, with Roman numerals for hours’ designation, minutes’ divisions, Arabic numerals for minutes every fifth division, two ornately shaped hands and the inscription “Tho.s Hunter Jun.r /London”. The pin for adjusting the escapement is on the polished bezel. Two small white enamel dials with blued steel hands are designed for switching off the strike and selecting tunes. The clockwork is pendulum with bell-shaped pendulum lens and eight-day period winding, verge escapement, hour and half hour Dutch strike, repeater, three spring motors and fusees. Hour strike is accompanied by performance of one of four tunes on eight bells with fifteen hammers. The engraved floral and foliage ornament is on the mounting plate.