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This clock, of excellent colour and patination, is surmounted by a pineapple finial resting on a fluted block. The front of the case is extensively inlaid with brass; the front corners are canted, and brass inlaid, and the clock rests on adjustable ball feet. The sides of the case have ringed carrying handles with floral backplates, and silk backed fish scale frets below.
The twin fusee movement, which is signed in full on the backplate, strikes and repeats the hours on a bell. It has an anchor escapement and the pendulum, which has a large brass bob with floral engraving in the centre, is provided with a travelling clamp. The 6″ signed and engraved silvered dial has Roman numerals, and strike/silent regulation is provided below 12 o’clock.
The matching brass inlaid rosewood bracket is provided with two scroll supports.
Height of clock with/without finial: 16″/14.5″ (40.5/37 cm)
Overall length including bracket: 23″ (58.5 cm)
William Gravell & Son were noted as working from Charterhouse Square from 1810, although the date of admission into the Clockmakers’ Company was 1818. He was the son of William Gravell of West Smithfield. He became Master of the Clockmakers Company in 1840 and 1841. His clocks were always well finished and of the highest quality.