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Antique Eight Day Longcase / Grandfather Clock with Automation of ‘Father Time in Arch by William Kent, Saffron Walden
This is a wonderful mellow oak early longcase clock with an Automation of ‘Father Time’ to the arch. It has an eight-day movement on an arched brass face.
If we start with the hood, this has a lovely shaped pediment which is finished with three lovely brass finials with the centre finial incorporating a Liver Bird. The hood door is flanked by delicately turned barley twist columns which terminate in brass capitals. To the rear of the hood are straight back slats. The door also has a lovely little brass loop. The sides of the doors have shaped glass panels.
Moving down to the trunk, the shaped full-length trunk door is edged in a delicate molding.
The base is nicely stepped and is raised on a shaped plinth.
The eight-day movement with maker’s name of ‘Wm Kent, Saffron Walden’ is rack striking and chimes out the hours on a single bell. It also has an arched brass face and subsidiary second dial and date aperture. The silvered chapter ring is set out with Roman numerals with smaller Arabic numerals above, and there are lovely floral markings between the hours. The four corners are beautifully adorned with spandrels which depict the four seasons. A lovely feature of the arch is the automation of ‘Father Time’ which really does look exquisite.
There is one ‘Wm Kent, Saffron Walden’ listed in ‘Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World Volume II by Brian Loomes’:
’KENT, William. Saffron Walden circa 1760 – circa 70. Clockmaker’
Height: Approximate height is 85 ½ inches (217 cm) to the top of the clock and is 91 ½ inches (232 cm) to the top of the finial.
Condition: Fully restored and in excellent condition.
Price: Price Upon Application
Contact: 01829 733028