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A beautiful small ebonised bracket clock. The round topped case is surmounted by a small brass carrying handle. It has glass apertures to the sides and an opening rear door. The opening front door has brass bound canted corners and brass moulding to the glass edge. The clock stands on four brass feet.
The silvered arched dial is signed for the maker ‘Grant, Fleet Street, London, No 154’. It has a strike silent lever in the arch and arrow shaped hands typical of other miniature bracket clocks we have seen by this maker. It has Roman numerals with outer Arabic minute numerals.
The small five pillar chain fusee movement is of fine quality with an anchor escapement and striking the hours on a bell mounted at the top of the movement. The backplate is also signed in full for the maker ‘Grant, Fleet Street, London, No 154’ and there is a pendulum hold fast for the steel rodded small bob pendulum.
We have had an almost identical timepiece bracket clock by John Grant with identical hands and case, although this one was in mahogany, which was numbered 161.
Height to base of handle: 9.5″ (24 cm)
The maker John Grant was an eminent maker. He became free of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1781 and was subsequently appointed Warden. He died in 1810 leaving a son, also John Grant, who continued with the business. He made fine watches, clocks and regulators and there are examples of his work in the Guildhall Clock Museum.