Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments | 04 September 2013

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A George III mahogany eight-day longcase clock in architectural case Allam...

Sold for £4200

Est: £2000–4000

A George III mahogany eight-day longcase clock in architectural case
Allam and Caithness, London, circa 1800
The four pillar rack and bell striking movement with 12 inch square single sheet brass Roman numeral dial with recessed subsidiary seconds dial and signed ALLAM & CAITHNESS. LONDON to centre, Arabic five minutes to outer track and with slender pierced steel hands, the case with triangular pediment above brass stop-fluted columns flanking dial and blind side panels with raised mouldings to hood, the trunk with convex throat above rectangular flame figured door flanked by conforming brass mounted quarter columns, on rectangular raised panel fronted plinth base with moulded double skirt, 218cm (93.75ins) high.

The partnership of Allam and Caithness are recorded in Baillie, G.H., Clutton, C. and Ilbert, C.A. BRITTEN'S OLD CLOCKS AND WATCHES AND THEIR MAKERS as working from 119 New Bond Street, London 1800-1804. Prior to that John Allam worked in partnership with Clements (presumably Thomas) from the same address 1785-94, then alone from 1798-1800.

Movements, dials and cases:
movements and dials are described as relating to the cases in which they are housed in one of the following three ways:
the case.... we are of the opinion that the movement and dial started life in the current case.
in a case… we are of the opinion that the movement and dial are in a case of correct period and type (and may well be original to the movement and dial), however there is evidence to suggest that they may not have started out life together.
now in a case… we are of the opinion that the movement and dial are no longer in the original case or one of correct period and/or type.

Pendulums, weights, winding and case keys:
we cannot guarantee that the correct number of weights (where appropriate) and/or keys are present with the clock, nor do we indicate in the catalogue description whether weights or keys are present as many clocks are consigned without them. Please check with the department to establish whether they are present or not prior to bidding.

due to the mechanical nature of clocks and the fact that most are of great age we cannot offer any guarantee as to whether they are in working order or free from major faults or restoration. Although we endeavour to catalogue items in a fair and informed manner, omission of any comments or observations regarding the condition or originality of a clock in the description does not necessarily indicate that it is free from significant faults, restoration or is in working condition. We would strongly advise any prospective purchaser to view the item in person or request a condition report and/or further images prior to bidding.

dial measurements are given in inches, other dimensions such as height are given in centimetres (and inches for English clocks). The measurement given for the height of a longcase clock excludes any removable finials in order to provide an approximate minimum ceiling height in which the clock can be accommodated.

Movement appears to have survived in original condition however the collets for the strike train warning wheel and the escape wheel vary from the others suggesting that these have been repinioned. Movement is a little dirty/neglected so will require a clean and overhaul before use. The dial has lost all of its silvering and the tiny dial feet securing screws are corroded/worn otherwise dial is undamaged and retains the finely pierced original hands. The movement and dial sit on what appears to be the original seatboard at the correct level in the case, and retain original large diameter brass bob pendulum and brass cased weights.
The case has survived in relatively untouched condition. The top of the pediment now has thin ply board applied to the gable (to replace original mahogany boards which probably split through shrinkage). The lower pin hinge is broken otherwise hoos is free from significant defects. The trunk door has some splitting and slight distortion to the lower left hand corner (will require attention - no loss to veneer) as well as a very slight overall warp (acceptable). The internal door surface is veneered and is undamaged. The base has slight movement towards the top centre of the right hand side (is slight so can probably be pulled back in).
The front panel has slight movement and light wear/bumps to edges. The veneer to the right hand skirt has wear/minor losses along the lower edge. Otherwise external faults limited to minor bumps, scuffs and slight shrinkage commenserate with age and is of good untouched surface/colour. The backboard is intact but has been braced to the inside both at base level and behind the movement.
Clock has winder but no case key.

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