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Domestic Regulator by the Eminent Thomas Reid of Edinburgh


Sold: 4th June 2013

A rare late 18th century Domestic Regulator by this famous maker.

The 8 day duration high quality movement striking the hours on a bell and with Deadbeat Escapement and Harrison Maintaining Power. The round silvered brass dial showing seconds, date, Roman numerals, matching blued steel hands, and the makers name and place of work engraved across the centre of the dial. The silvered dial framed within a brass bezel. The movement complete with its original brass cased weights and substantial wood rod pendulum with large brass bob. The plain but very elegant mahogany cabinet work with the rare use of Pommele mahogany to the trunk door and throughout the rest of the case. The plain base features original bracket feet and a small raised moulding to the main panel. The broken arch pediment with a central finial stand terminating with a gilt ball finial. An extremely elegant example of a late 18th century Scottish Longcase Clock.

Note: Thomas Reid is listed as an eminent maker and was apprenticed to James Cowan on 9th October 1762. For 11 years he lived in London where he appears to have worked for and observed the work of several Master Clockmakers. In 1788 he designed and built the first clock for the spire of St Andrews Parish Church, George Street, Edinburgh. In 1806 he welcomed William Auld into partnership which was the beginning of a long and prosperous business. They specialised in unusual Regulators including Astronomical and long duration.

Price: £9,500 / Height: 7'2" / C.1795