Project Description

31838 JAMES AITKEN, KELSO.

AN ATTRACTIVE ROUND TOPPED SCOTTISH REGULATOR IN A WALNUT CASE.  CIRCA 1840.

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An unusual walnut cased Scottish regulator.  The vast majority of the Victorian round topped cases are in mahogany and, therefore, to have a case in fine figured walnut is rare.  The case has an opening door to the top to enable the pendulum to be hung and there is a well carved freeze below the dial.  The backboard has well figured veneers, as does the large panelled plinth.  The clock stands on four flat corner feet.  The main door of the clock has two locks to the side and retains its original blue baize seal to its edge.

The silvered brass dial, of typical regulator layout, has the large main minute dial with the seconds dial below 60 minutes and the hour dial above 30 minutes.  It is signed for the maker ‘James Aitken, Kelso’ and has fine blued steel hands.

The eight day movement has five nicely shaped pillars, maintaining power, dead beat escapement and well crossed out wheel work.  The mercury compensated pendulum has its steel rod passing through the centre of the mercury jar with nicely shaped top and bottom caps and a large silvered adjusting screw with engraved scale and numerals.  The brass cased weight hangs from a four spoke pulley.

Height:    6′ 7″ (201 cm.)

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