Mantel and Table Clocks

Musical hour striking, calendar and quarter repeating table clock with two keys

    Musical hour striking, calendar and quarter repeating table clock with two keys

    Great Britain, London

    Circa 1720

    Daniel Quare & Stephen Horseman

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

    62 x 36 x 24.5 cm

    On the scales: "Dan Quare / S Horseman / LONDON ", "Strike / Silent", "Spa Jigg / Br Aurelia", on the rear board: "Dan: Quare. / Ste.Horseman. / London.186 ”


    Musical clock in black wooden case, with profiled cornice, shaped top with gold-tone trim and gilded ornately-shaped brass details on both sides of wooden pedestal, with vertical column-shaped supports with brass overlays on bases and capitals, with profiled base with brass inlay, on four cast brass projecting supports. Gilded brass finials on wooden bollards are at the top panel corners. Below, arched on the front and rear sides and rectangular on the lateral sides, acoustic apertures, covered with brass lattices and green cloth on the inner side. Carrying handles and arched lattices with the patters in the shape of scallop shells, vases and baskets of flowers in goldish frames, covered with green fabric from the inner side. Gilded brass dial with relief overlays depicting mascarones, flowers and leaves is on the front side, behind a door with lock and arched glazed window in goldish frame.

    Silver-plated circular hour regulator with a hand and numerals from 5 to 60 in five divisions on the inner ring is in the arch of the dial surface. The small pointers are labelled "Strike / Silent" on the left-hand side and the names of tunes "Spa Jigg / Br Aurelia" on the right one. The circular silvered dial with Roman numerals for hours, Arabic numerals for minutes through five divisions on the external  scale, with two openwork blued steel hands, half-hour markers in the form of lilies and diamond-shaped half-quarter markers is below. Inscriptions on the top of the insert "Dan Quare / S Horseman / LONDON" are on repousse insert center, the pendulum movement indicator aperture, three pin holes for winding and striking the clock and musical mechanism, calendar aperture are below.

    An arched glazed door with lock and glazed window in a goldish frame is on the case rear side. The clock movement with spring-loaded pendulum suspended from a regulating bar above the movement plates, which is raised and lowered by a brass snail on the dial rear side, with eight-day winding, lever escapement, three spring engines, fusee, hourly bell-ringing, quarter repeater. The musical mechanism – carillon comprised of ten bells, twenty mallets and a pinned metal cylinder for two tunes – plays one verse on demand in the first quarter, two verses in the second quarter and three in the third quarter, and then three verses are played automatically every hour. Engraved floral ornament, the inscription "Dan: Quare. / Ste.Horseman. / London.186" in the engraved cartouche surmounted by an engraved mask with laurel wreath, with cupids on the sides of the cartouche, and an eagle with outspread wings at the top of the clock rear mounting plate. The engraved ornament in the form of ears of wheat on the fasteners and on the mounting plate edges. One of the quarter chime melodies "Spanish Jigg" by the English composer and publisher John Playford (1623-1686) was published in 1695.
    Two keys are in the set.