1 July 2005
A fine Charles II walnut small longcase clock
John Ebsworth, London. Circa 1680
The case with cross-banded plinth on bun feet, convex moulding beneath the rectangular trunk door with later escutcheon, concave throat moulding to the foward sliding (previously rising) hood with twist columns supporting a foliate cut walnut sound fret, the 9 7/8 in. square brass dial signed John Ebsworth Londini Fecit beneath the silvered chapter ring with pierced blued steel hands, matted centre with small seconds ring, calendar aperture and rosette engraved centre, the movement with five latched ring-turned pillars, anchor escapement and inside countwheel strike on a bell above the plates
6 ft. 3 in. (191 cm.) high
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John Ebsworth was apprenticed in February 1657 to Richard Aymes and made a Freeman in April 1665. He worked at the Cross Keys in Lothbury and was possibly the successor to Thomas Knifton's business. He was Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1697 and died in 1699.
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