17 November 2016
A TOMPION TABLE CLOCK FROM AN AMERICAN COLLECTION
A JAMES II GILT-BRASS MOUNTED EBONY STRIKING TABLE CLOCK WITH PULL QUARTER REPEAT
THOMAS TOMPION, LONDON, CIRCA 1687, NO. 96
The phase 1 case with stamped number '96' to the front sill, the 6 in. latched dial signed to the lower edge 'Thomas Tompion Londini Fecit', the eight-day latched movement with reconverted verge escapement, the backplate with 'Strike/No Strike' knob, Z-shaped steel bar system and tulip engraving, further signed and numbered
12 ½ in. (31.7 cm.) high; 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm.) wide; 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm.) deep
Purchased from the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co., London, April 1932 by an American collector.
Thence by decent.
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F. H. Green, Old English Clocks, Ditchling, 1931, p. 65, plates XXIV and XXV.
R. W. Symonds, Thomas Tompion, London, 1951, fig. 181, p. 197, p. 117.
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