Walnut Longcase Clock by Williamson of London
A fine walnut longcase clock with features as used by the famous maker Thomas Tompion.
The high quality 8 day movement with 5 finned pillars, anchor escapement and an unusual design of rack striking sounding the hour on a bell. The 12" square brass dial with separate Tompion style silvered brass chapter ring enclosing a matted centre showing both seconds, date and very finely made blued steel hands. The makers name signed to the base of the chapter ring. The spandrels to the corners as used by Tompion. The well proportioned and elegant case also of Tompion like design with well figured book matched walnut veneer to both the base and trunk. The base with a single plinth and the sides of the trunk with flame walnut veneered panels. The hood with plain walnut pillars topped with gilt wood capitals to the front and rear. The flat top case with fretwork to the front elevation and glazed inspection windows to both sides.
Note: William Williamson obviously had some influence from the famous Thomas Tompion due to the features on the case and dial of this particular clock. He may have also been a relative of the Great Joseph Williamson who specialised in Equation Clocks and was Watchmaker to the King of Spain. William was Free from the Clockmakers Company in 1689.
Price: £22,500 / Height: 7'2" / C.1700