Westminster Chime Longcase Clock by Maple of London
An excellent high quality late Victorian mahogany longcase clock with Westminster Chime.
The movement is of 8 day duration and strikes the quarter hours on four coiled gongs and the main hour on a larger gong. The silvered brass convex dial is engraved with the retailers/makers name, foliage, Arabic numerals and minutes. Also with a strike/silent facility and blued steel hands.
The high quality mahogany veneered case has a long glazed trunk door enclosing three large brass weights and a pendulum. The whole case depicts an Ionic column and capital which is carved below the main dial. The base features a shaped plinth and an applied ogee moulding to the main panel. The drum shaped hood has a lockable wooden bezel encasing the dial behind a convex glass and is carved with oak leaves and acorns.
A very unusual late Victorian longcase clock which would be the perfect interior design statement.
Note: This clock may have originally been purchased as part of a set of furniture by the first owner. John Maple opened a small furnishing shop in the mid 19th century in Tottenham Court Road, London. By the 1880’s with the help of his son Sir John Blundell Maple the business became the largest furniture store in the world.
Price: £8,750 / Height: 6'9" / C.1890