31927 Brockbanks, London.
31927 BROCKBANKS, LONDON. AN EARLY MAHOGANY DOMESTIC REGULATOR IN A SHALLOW BREAK ARCH MAHOGANY CASE. CIRCA 1795. For an overview, please click on one of the images above and scroll through the gallery. For images that you can enlarge to examine in greater detail, please scroll down to the end of this page. An extremely attractive and small domestic regulator. The case, with fine quality mahogany veneers, has a shallow break arch hood with complex mouldings to the top and brass inlaid beading to the canted corners. It has a similarly conforming glazed trunk door and a panelled base with a small plinth and square feet. The backboard of the clock is very substantial being some 2" (5 cm) thick. The dial is signed for the makers Brockbanks London and has a large seconds ring below XII with observatory markings. The hour and minute ring is exceedingly thin in regulator style, but has both minute indications and the hours marked on it. The movement is particularly fine. It has thick shaped plates, six beautifully shaped knopped pillars and end stops throughout the train. It has jewelled pallets to the deadbeat escapement and unusually, probably because it is relatively early and of fine quality, has latched pillars, both for the dial feet and for the movement. These were often used on high quality regulators in the 1770’s and 80’s. The wheel work is of fine quality with high count pinions and obviously maintaining power. The clock has a mercury jar pendulum which runs against a beat plaque and has a numbered adjusting screw with blued steel pointer. It is suspended from a substantial brass mounting block fixed to the backboard which has a slide action for beat adjustment. The whole movement has a wooden dust cover which conforms to all of the witness marks, but is a replacement as the original was not with the clock. The brass weight is suspended from a well-shaped plated pulley with a six spoke wheel. The clock has an unusual winding key with a folding [...]
31904 Robert Molyneux, London
31904 ROBERT MOLYNEUX, LONDON. A FINE MAHOGANY CASED ENGLISH REGULATOR. CIRCA 1840. For an overview, please click on one of the images above and scroll through the gallery. For images that you can enlarge to examine in greater detail, please scroll down to the end of this page. An exceedingly fine English floor standing regulator by this famous maker. The chamfer top case, of finely figured mahogany veneer over solid mahogany, has canted corners to the hood which has an opening front door with silvered sight ring to the round glass aperture. It has finely figured quartered veneers. This proceeds down through a nicely shaped moulding to the main trunk of the clock, again with canted corners, finely figured veneers and an opening glazed door which shows off the veneered backboard. The clock stands on a panelled plinth with a single stepped base and thin squared feet to the front corners. The silvered brass dial, of typical regulator layout, is signed for the maker 'Robt Molyneux, London'. It has fine blued steel hands. The eight day movement is of exceptional quality and has a number of features typical of this maker. It has a deadbeat escapement with jewelled pallets and an adjustable end stop to the escape wheel. There is a screw adjusted adjustment for the depthing of the escapement. The wheel work is beautifully executed with high count pinions and six spoke crossings to all of the wheels. It has exceedingly thick plates with six large and well-shaped pillars. The whole movement is protected by brass dust covers screwed to the side of the plates with knurled brass hand screws. The gut line passes out of one side of the movement and over a moveable wheel, thus enabling the weight to run to the left of the trunk well away from the pendulum. The method of fixing this wheel and arbor, in what look like angled movement fixing brackets, is something that we have seen on most of Molyneux’s best clocks. The whole movement is fixed to the substantial seat board [...]
31382 Charles Frodsham, No 2167
31382 CHARLES FRODSHAM NUMBER 2167. A FINE AND SMALL MAHOGANY WALL REGULATOR BY THESE NOTED MAKERS. CIRCA 1905. For an overview, please click on one of the images above and scroll through the gallery. For images that you can enlarge to examine in greater detail, please scroll down to the end of this page. A beautifully proportioned small mahogany wall regulator in a style much favoured by the Frodsham Company. The mahogany case with an arched top and with bevelled corners to both the top and to the trunk of the case. There is a strong moulding below the face and then a full length opening glazed door. The bottom of the case finishes with an under cut moulding in the Viennese style. The case is veneered with well chosen flame veneers and all the doors are tight dust proof fits. The very attractive 7.5" silvered brass dial has engraving at the top of the dial with the signature 'Charles Frodsham, Clockmaker to the King, 115 New Bond Street, 2167' in a cartouche in the top of the arch. There is further engraving at the bottom of the dial to take the place of spandrels. The dial has bold Roman numerals and well shaped and highly visible hands. The steel rod and steel jar mercury pendulum is a nice feature. It has a slim steel mercury jar with graduations to the top with a well shaped T-bar to enable the pendulum to be held straight while the jar itself is screwed up or down. It terminates in a shaped pointer which oscillates in front of the beat plaque. The fine quality eight day chain fusee movement has a plain back plate with full signature for the maker. The substantial plates are separated by shouldered pillars pinned at the front. The movement employs Graham’s deadbeat escapement and has maintaining power. Height: 48" (122cm.) Click on the images below to view at 100% in a new browser window. To zoom in even further, press ‘cmd’ or ‘Ctrl’ & the [...]
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