Mahogany Longcase clock by Morse of Southampton
An excellent example from the County of Hampshire with richly figured mahogany cabinetwork.
The London quality 8 day duration movement with a recoil anchor escapement and striking the hours on a bell. The dial is of the later silvered brass design featuring Roman numerals, Arabic minutes, seconds, date, matching blued steel hands of the popular diamond pattern and a very useful strike/silent facility to the arch. Also elaborately engraved with flowers, swags, foliage and the makers name and place of work, John Morse, Southampton.
The elegant mahogany cabinet has a single plinth and well figured veneered mahogany of exceptional patina to the trunk door and base. The base also with boxwood inlay to the front elevation. The hood features separate brass capped solid mahogany pillars below a plain broken arch top.
Note: John Morse is listed as working in Southampton in the late 18th century. There is also a mention of a John Morse in West Cowes, Isle of Wight in 1809. Due to the close proximity of the two locations this is almost certainly the same maker or perhaps a son of the same name.
Price: £8,250 / Height: 6'10" / C.1790