6 December 2006
A George III tortoiseshell and gilt-metal mounted striking table clock with lunar and tidal indications
Thomas Hunter Junior, London. Circa 1790
The case in the Louis XV style applied overall with foliate-cast gilt-metal mounts, the concave moulded top now lacking finial, waisted sides with pierced brass sound frets, the arched silvered and engraved dial signed Thomas Hunter Jun.r/Royal Exchange London, Roman and Arabic chapter ring, pierced blued steel hands, the arch with semi-circular cut-out displaying a painted seashore and harbour, a masted ship rotating in the centre, its mast pointing to a series of place names engraved above on an arch above and associated with points of the compass from East Hamburg & Antwerp, to South Portsmouth & Dunkirk and then West Plymouth & Hull, with others between, the time on the dial thus indicating high tide at that location, small flanking rings showing the age of the moon and also its state on a revolving painted ivory globe, the eight day movement with verge escapement, twin chain fusees and rack strike on bell, the plain backplate with holdfast hook; some alterations to movement
20 in. (51 cm.) high
Albert Odmark Collection.
Purchased 9 June 1965 from Francisco Coutinho, Lisbon, Portugal.
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