Mantel and Table Clocks

Musical quarter striking table clock with automaton

    Musical quarter striking table clock with automaton

    Great Britain, London

    Circa 1765

    Eardley Norton

    Wood, steel, brass glass, blued steel, fabric; carpentry and mechanical work, casting, repousse, gilding, silvering, engraving

    56 x 35.5 x 23.5 cm


    Musical clock in wooden mahogany veneered case, with bevelled vertical ribs, decorated with brass onlays with the ornament in the shape of herms, with profiled moulding, ogee-shaped finial with brass carrying handle and onlay patterns in the form of rocailles, curls and leaves, with profiled plinth is fixed on cast brass base on four protruding supports. Urns with torches are on the top panel corners. Round and arched apertures with openwork lattices covered by green fabric from the inner side in goldish frames are on the lateral panels, repeater cord is to the right.

    Gilded brass dial field with embossed images of flowers and leaves in the corners is on the front side behind the door with lock and arched glazed window in goldish frame with embossed ornament. Ring-shaped silver-plated pointers with hands and inscriptions are in the upper corners “Chime / not Chime” on the left-hand side; the names of tunes “Ferdinand, A Minuet, Britons Strike Home/Butter’d Lease” are on the right-hand side. Ring-shaped silvered dial with Roman numerals for hours designation, Arabic numerals for minutes and seconds designation in five divisions are on the external scale with two openwork blued steel hands. Three apertures with pins for winding clockwork, clock strike and musical movement are on the repoussed side. The deepening engraved with “Eardley Norton / St John's Street / London” is above those apertures, window with the month day is below. Painted polychrome image of dancing couples and three musicians with musical instruments and movable blued steel hands “en plein” air is placed in the arc above the dial.

    Glazed arched door framed by brass gilded rim is the case rear side. Apertures with slotted lattices covered with blue fabric from the inner are on the corners of the front and rear doors. The clock mechanism is pendulum, with eight-day period winding, spindle escapement, three spring motors, fusees, calendar, hourly chime and repeater. Musical mechanism – carillon turns on every fifteen minutes and plays the chosen melody. The carillon is comprised of nine bells, fifteen hummers and pinned cylinder for four tunes. Every hour the melody is played completely and the automaton is activated - the hands of the musicians start to move. Engraved image of curls and leaves is on the clockwork rear mounting plate. Three keys are in the set.