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31919  J R LOSADA, REGENT STREET, LONDON, NO. 5916.

A SUPERB MAHOGANY REGULATOR IN A ROUND TOPPED CASE WITH ONE OF THE FINEST MOVEMENTS WE HAVE SEEN.  CIRCA 1865.

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An exceptional mahogany round topped regulator. The case of the very finest quality with well chosen mahogany veneers and with all its doors still fitting superbly to this day. The case has the usual opening main door fully glazed with intricate carving below the dial. It has a panelled base and sits on a single plinth with square pads to the front. The mouldings between the main trunk and the panelled base are very fine.

The case has a massive cast iron bracket fixed to the back board to support both the pendulum and the movement. The movement is one of the finest we have seen on a Victorian regulator. It has massive plates with adjustable end stops throughout the train. The escape wheel and anchor running in jewels. The escapement has jewelled pallets and the plates are separated by six very substantial and beautifully turned pillars. Even the dial feet are very substantial and secured by a central arbor and three blued steel screws which fix them to the movement. The whole movement is enclosed within brass dust covers held onto the plates with beautifully turned knurled hand screws.

The dial of typical regulator form is signed for the maker J R Losada, 105 Regent Street, London and numbered 5916.

The clock has a typical pendulum suspended with a regulator style suspension spring, with a mercury filled glass jar and running against a beat plaque in the base of the trunk.

Length: 6′ 1½” (187 cm.)

Jose Rodriguez de Losada was an exceptional and well known maker of chronometers and clocks. He was born in Spain and at one stage was attached to the court of Madrid. He emigrated to England where he worked initially for James Moore French. He made movements for Kullberg and James Poole and continued to make chronometers and clocks for the Spanish government and the Royal Observatory at Cadiz, and had a number of high honours conferred on him by Queen Isabella II.

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J R Losada, London: Price £17,000

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