Long-case Clocks

Long-case Basingstoke clock

    Long-case Basingstoke clock

    England, Basingstoke

    circa 1800

    James Gregory

    Mahogany, brass; casting, silvering, engraving

    Height 238 cm


    Engraved silvered dial with flower spandrels, signed James Gregory, Basingstoke with seconds dial and further subsidiary dials in the arch for chime/silent and tune selection, the large three train six pillar bell striking movement with anchor escapement, wood rod pendulum with calibrated rating nut and beat adjustment on the crutch slot, the music playing one of seven melodies every three hours or at will by means of a 10,16 cm pinned brass cylinder operating thirteen hammers sounding on thirteen bells, the tune changed automatically every day, the case of rich colour with ball finials above a broken-arch cornice and brass foliate frets, stop-fluted hood pillars and similar side frets, well figured trunk door flanked by brass-capped demi-fluted pilasters, panelled plinth with shaped apron, the interior with a distressed old label with hand -written instructions for operating the clock.