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An extremely beautiful silver and gilt carriage clock. The case in the Anglaise riche style has multiple fluted edges to the top and bottom of the case with parts of the case silvered and other parts gilded. The clock has four beautifully engraved and pierced panels to both sides, the door and the dial surround. They are of the finest quality and have two coloured gilding highlighting some of the scroll work and floral detailing. They are the nicest fretted panels I have seen on a carriage clock.
The dial has blue Roman numerals with an outer Arabic minute ring, and below the main dial is the alarm dial. There are gilded half hour markers on the main dial and on the alarm dial. The hands are of Breguet style with an arrow pointer hand for the alarm. The front dial fret is backed by a highly polished silver backing plate which gives a wonderful effect.
The eight day grande sonnerie striking movement is signed on the backplate for the retailers Hunt & Roskell, 156 New Bond Street. It has a fine quality silvered lever escapement with bi-metallic balance and poising screws. There is the usual three position selector in the base. The clock strikes the hours and the quarters, and sounds the alarm on two steel gongs mounted on the backplate.
Although the clock movement is not stamped for any maker, the arrow for the hand settings are of the style used by Margaine, one of the best makers.
Height to base of handle: 6″ (15 cm)
Hunt & Roskell.
Jewellers, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to Her Majesty.
156 New Bond Street, London.
Robert Roskell joined John Hunt in 1844 and the firm continued with great success until 1897. They traded as Hunt & Roskell from 156 New Bond Street until 1898 when they became Hunt & Roskell Ltd from the same address. The Limited Company traded until 1965. Hunt & Roskell were high quality retailers who specialised in beautifully decorative clocks, particularly those by Thomas Cole. As a general rule clocks retailed by them were of the finest quality.