Long-case Clocks

Musical hour striking longcase clock with calendar

    Musical hour striking longcase clock with calendar

    Great Britain, London

    Circa 1760

    Herring Joseph

    Wood, metal, brass; mechanical work, casting, silvering, polishing

    Height 239 cm

    On the dial shield: “ STRIKE/SILENT”, “CHIME/SILENT”, “Jos Herring/Royal Exchange/LONDON”,”, names of twelve pieces in German: “Wie Schön leucht der Morgenstern/O Haupt Voll Blut/In Allen Meinen Thaten/Vom Himmel hoch/Wend ab deinen Zorn /Nundancket alle Gott/Aria/Minuet/ Nun lastuns Gott den Herren/Wo soll ich fliehen hin/Wenn Mein Stundlein/Wer nur den lieben Gott last walten”


    Longcase clock in vertical mahogany case. The case is divided into three vertical tiers. The bottom tier is rectangular base with onlay panel, on the socle with low feet. Central narrow part with solid ornately shaped door on the front side that covers the falling weights and pendulum, is on the base. Fluted embedded columns with metal inserts, bases and capitals are on the base front ribs and its central part. Clockwork and musical movement are mounted in the limb top tier. Four thin columns with flutes supporting massive arch with arch roof with carved insert are in the tier corners. Rectangular glass windows are in the lateral sides. Glazed arched door closing the dial shield is on façade. Silver-plated chapter-ring dial with black Roman numerals for hours' designation and minutes’ graduation with Arabic numerals - every fifth minute, is in the dial shield center. Openwork hour and minute hands are central and blued. Small second dial with openwork blued central hand and Arabic numerals, marking five-seconds intervals is beneath the 12 o’clock mark. Three apertures with square pins for the crank are on the repousse dial face. Square calendar window is inside big chapter ring next to 6 o’clock mark. Cast openwork onlays with foliage patterns are on the shield the corners. The musical movement tunes indicator is above the main dial. The straight indicator hand moves along the arc scale with the engraved tunes names. Ring strike and chime switchers with engraved rosettes are inside the arc scale, the engraved inscription with the manufacturer’s name is between them. Musical movement with pinned cylinder and carillon of fifteen bells, performs one of twelve melodies every three hours, or optionally, and is activated by gravity-powered drive. The clockwork with pendulum lever escapement and hour strike upon gong is t activated by falling weights drive.
    A crank for lifting falling weights and three keys are in the set.