New York, Park Avenue
28 October 1992
Property from the Estate of
JOSEPHINE HARTFORD BRYCE
A HIGHLY UNUSUAL LONGCASE REGULATOR
SIGNED EDWARD SMITH, DUBLIN
The arched silvered dial engraved with urn and trailing vines, enclosing hour and seconds rings below shaped curved aperature to view large minute disc, blued steel hands and fixed pointer for minutes, the movement employing dial as front plate, joined by four plain pillars to the shaped backplate, supporting pinwheel escapement with steel pallets in the pendulum crutch, the escape wheel arbor carrying the seconds hand and driving the large minute wheel, the jump hour hand advanced by means of pins on minute wheel, the arbor of the minute wheel fitted with ratchet and pawl to serve as barrel, fitted with maintaining power engaged by lever and acting with leaf spring on tooth of minute wheel, the steel rod pendulum with cylindrical bob suspended from backboard within altered mahogany case with conforming arched hood, trunk door inlaid with stringing and stepped plinth, late 18th. century--75in. ( cm.) high.
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Another regulator of this design, signed Francis Crow, Faversham, is in the Royal Museum, Canterbury, and is described and illustrated in Prazisionpendeluhren by Klaus Erbich, p. 75, figs. 34-37.
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