5 July 2002
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A William III red tortoiseshell and ebony striking bracket clock
John Bayley, London. Circa 1700
The case surmounted by a well cast foliate tied gilt-metal handle secured to the unusual tapered caddy top set with ebony moulded panels with elaborately pierced ebony sound frets, twin glazed windows to the sides, later ebony fret to the front door, the simple moulded base on later ebony bun feet, the glazed rear door set with a further elaborately pierced ebony sound fret, the 6½ in. square dial signed Jno: Bayley London on the silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring, with sword hilt half hour markers and lozenge half quarter hour markers, pierced blued steel hands, the matted centre with calendar and mock pendulum apertures, winged cherub spandrels, strike/silent lever above XII, the movement with five ringed pillars, twin fusees, the hours with rack strike on a bell and pull quarter repeat on six bells via six hammers, knife-edge verge escapement with later heart-shaped back cock, the back plate profusely engraved with scrolling foliage centred by a basket of fruit and above the signature John Bayley London within a palmette reserve
12½ in. (32 cm.) high to hilt of handle
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