Lot 531: An early Georgian walnut previously four-train longcase clock Joseph Smith Chester circa 1725 13-in. broken-arch brass wheatear bordered dial signed Joseph Smith Chester on matching bordered silvered fitting to arch with rolling moon subsidiary

Bonhams

October 18, 2002
Par, United Kingdom

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Description: An early Georgian walnut previously four-train longcase clock Joseph Smith Chester circa 1725 13-in. broken-arch brass wheatear bordered dial signed Joseph Smith Chester on matching bordered silvered fitting to arch with rolling moon subsidiary seconds and date aperture; the long plated five screwed and finned pillar eight-day movement with internal rack striking and spare holes and space for absent musical and chiming trains in associated book-matched feather- banded case with moulded scroll broken- pediment giltwood finials and blind fret shallow broken-arch door top to chamfered trunk on chamfered base 7ft. gin. 236cm. E2 000 - 4 000 Joseph worked in the Gloverstone district of the city between 1725 and 1751 he was the son of the famous Gabriel Smith of Barthomley and Nantwich. Most interestingly A.A.Treherne: Nantwich Clockmakers illustrates the dial and movement of a four-train longcase clock by Gabriel Smith Barthomley. it does not have the arch but has instead various central dial features not present on this example.
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