Moonphase Longcase Clock by Nathaniel Hedge of Colchester
An excellent provincial moonphase longcase clock by this well known maker.
The substantial 8 day duration 5 pillar movement with shaped plates to allow for moonphase wheel and striking the hours on a bell. The 12" arched silvered brass dial with Roman chapter ring with Arabic minutes, signed by the maker to the centre, sunken seconds ring and centre date feature with a brass pointer. The arch with the unusual feature of the phases of the moon and with profusely engraved scrolls. The dial also with blued steel hands of typical serpentine pattern.
The high quality cabinet work with a solid mahogany trunk door of full length and of a good deep colour and featuring an ornate cast brass escutcheon . The base with a raised shaped panel and terminating in a double plinth. The hood featuring brass inlaid mahogany pillars surmounted with brass Corinthian capitals, a pagoda top with a blind sound fret and three brass ball finials. The hood door also with a matching cast brass escutcheon. The sides of the hood with rectangular inspection windows and quarter cut pillars.
Note: The Hedge family were prolific Clockmakers in Colchester and were in business from the early 18th century until the late 19th century. Nathaniel Hedge junior took over his Father’s business in 1764 and produced a large number of high quality clocks and watches throughout his lifetime. This is an exceptional example. More extensive information can be found in Clock and Watchmaking in Colchester by Bernard Mason.
Price: £13,750 / Height: 7'11" / C.1785