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Regulator Grandfather Clock by Andrew Thomson of Glasgow


Sold: 1st March 2012

A very rare and small Regulator antique longcase clock with Pin Wheel Deadbeat escapement and with cabinet work of the highest quality.

The 8 day duration Regulator movement with five pillars, Pin Wheel Deadbeat escapement, maintaining power and striking the hours on a gong. The 11¼" square silvered brass dial showing both seconds, date, blued steel hands and makers name. A Strike/Silent facility is also incorporated into the top of the masking. The large bob to the pendulum with flat cast iron rod and unusual pivoted crutch as used by the well known maker John Holmes of London. The unusually designed tapered case of the very highest quality with flame mahogany veneer throughout. The trunk door with Gothic design top, a panelled base and fluted ball feet. The trunk also with tapered and reeded mahogany pillars and oval recessed panels. The hood with reeded mahogany pillars, mahogany capitals and the pediment with an unusual block design feature.

Note: The Pin Wheel escapement was a development of the Anchor escapement and was introduced in the middle part of the 18th century to high quality clocks in France. The escapement was also used in Turret Clocks. This escapement is very rare and almost unknown in British longcase clocks. The cabinet of this clock may have been specially commissioned and carried out by one of the many high quality cabinet makers in Scotland. The unusual design and sheer workmanship of the veneering and construction of the case is exceptional and has similarities with the well known and famous furniture makers of the time such as George Bullock or William Trotter.

Price: £12,500 / Height: 6'6" / C.1830