Mantel and Table Clocks

Musical hour striking table clock

    Musical hour striking table clock

    Great Britain, London

    Circa 1790

    John Grant

    Mahogany, rosewood, boxwood, brass, glass; intarsia, polishing, casting, mechanical works

    56 x 28.5 x 21 cm

    On the dial: “GRANT”, “Fleet Street”, “London”, “№ 210”, on the mounting plate: “GRANT”, “LONDON”. On small dials: “CHIME”, “NOT CHIME”, “1 SONG”, “2 MARCH”, “3 SONG”, “4 HORNPIPE”, “5 SONG”, “6 DANCE”


    Musical clock in helmet shaped mahogany veneered wooden case, with rosewood and box tree wood parfling, on profiled socle, with cast gilded urn on the top and, on four gilded brass supports. Cast portable carrying handles are on the lateral sides, keyhole with light-colored lens-shaped insert. The glazed door with key and lock is on the rear side. The clock dial is behind the round glazed door with the lock and polished bezel on the front side. White enamel dial with two apertures for winding the clock work and the clock striking, with Romans numerals for hours’ designation, Arabic numerals for minutes’ designation in five divisions, two hands and maker’s signature “GRANT”, “Fleet Street”, “LONDON”, “№ 210”. Two small dials with tunes indicator and strike’s on/off indicator are in the dial bottom part. The aperture with a rod for winding of musical movement is between them. Carillion musical movement consists of thirteen bells, thirteen hammers, a spring motor and pinned cylinder for six tunes. The clockwork is pendulum with an hour hammer striking upon the bell and two spring motors. Hour striking is accompanied by the sounding of one of six tunes. The inscription is on the mounting plate: “GRANT”, “LONDON”.