Abel Panchaud, London.
Fine late 18th century mahogany longcase regulator of small proportions. The 9 1/2 inch silvered dial with shallow ogee arch having an outer minute ring enclosing the subsidiary seconds dial and aperture hour dial. Signed Abel Panchaud London. Superb fine blued steel seconds and minute hands.
The eight day movement with large plates has six latched pillars, the four dial feet are also latched. Graham dead beat pallets and six spoke crossings to the wheelwork. Bolt and shutter maintaining power and long steel crutch. Substantial pendulum bob with calibrated rating nut, small brass cased driving weight with crossed out pulley wheel.
The attractive mahogany case of lovely colour and patina having a pediment to the hood and canted fluted corners, long trunk door with well figured flame veneer and a raised panel to the base with double plinth.
Date circa 1790
Height 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Abel Panchaud was a clock and watchmaker in Oxford Street, facing North Audley Street. The British Museum collection has a trade card from Abel Panchaud showing two Chinese figures, one holding a watch. Donated by Sarah Banks in 1818.
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