Long-case Clocks

Musical half hour striking longcase clock

    Musical half hour striking longcase clock

    Great Britain, London

    Circa 1775

    William Addis

    Wood, steel, lead, glass, brass, bronze; carving, casting, mechanical work and carpentry

    Height 252.5 cm

    On the tunes index: “A Morning Hymn/An Evening/Hymn/A March/A Gavot/A Menuet/A Mutued Love”; “William Addis/London”; “Strike/Not Strike”, “Chime/Not Chime”


    Long-case clock in vertical case made of fine wood. The case is divided vertically into three parts. Narrow middle part with solid figured door on the front side which covers the weights and the pendulum is mounted on rectangular base with onlay panel and low feet. Clock mechanism and musical movement are in the case expanded part with four thin cannulated columns. Ached acoustic windows covered with fabric are in the lateral sides. Clock face is behind the glazed arched door. Polished ring dial with black Roman numerals designating hours and minutes' scale with Arabic numerals. Openwork blued hour and minute hands are in the center. Small second dial is under the 12 o'clock mark. This dial with openwork central blued hand and Arabic numerals every five seconds.  A square window for the calendar near the 6 o'clock mark inside the large ring. Four apertures for the winding crank are on the clock face. The tunes indicator is above the central dial. The straight indicator hand moves along the arc with engraved names. Circular switches for chime and strike are inside the arch. The switches with black hands, the maker's name is between them. Every quarter of an  hour, a carillon of eight bells chimes. The musical movement with pinned cylinder and eleven bells perform one of six melodies every hour. The clock mechanism is pendulum, with lever escarpment, an hour strike and musical automaton is activated by four-weight drive mechanism. A crank for lifting the weights and two keys are in the set.