A fine and rare English Queen Anne period longcase clock, contained in the original case & Chinoiserie decoration. The caddy top and fretwork are rare original survivors.
The maker Samuel Townson, London c.1710. The five finned pillar outside count-wheel escapement regulated by seconds pendulum. The 12 inch square brass dial with ringed winding holes, subsidiary seconds dial and calender aperture to the matted centre, within applied silvered Roman numeral chapter ring with Arabic five minutes to outer track. Signed Sam Townson, London to lower edge. With original blued steel hands and twin cherub and crown pattern brass spandrels to angles, in an ‘English lacquer ‘ case with removeable domed caddy surmounted by box upstand and fine foliate scroll pierced frets to front, the trunk with a brass lenticle. 246cm high including finials.
Samuel Townson is recorded in Brian Loomes’s Clockmakers of Britain 1286-1700 as the son of Clockmaker Robert Townson. He was apprenticed to Thomas Wheeler in 1695 and gained his Freedom of the Clockmakers Company by redemption in 1702. He was married twice; first to Sarah Wheeler (daughter of his Master) in 1694 and then to Martha Fellowes in 1706. He was interred in a non-conformist burial ground in 1758.
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