Vulliamy, London. No. 1545
Superb pietra dura inlaid mantel clock by Benjamin Vulliamy, London. The round silvered dial signed Vulliamy London with engine turned centre and Roman hour numerals with fine blued steel hands. The mercury gilt bezel with apertures for the hand setting and winding of the high quality, eight day, single fusee movement with semi dead beat escapement and large backcock. Signed on the backplate Vulliamy, London, 1545. Original steel rod pendulum with roller suspension and heavy bob numbered 1545.
Height. 12 3/4 inches. (32.5 cm)
The case of this beautiful clock is made from Ashford Black Marble, it is not a true marble but a dark limestone quarried from mines near Ashford-in-the-Water, in Derbyshire.
Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy was the last of a line of exceptional clockmakers, and the last of his illustrious family to hold the Royal Clockmaker's Warrant.
Born on the 25th January 1780, not a lot is known about his childhood, he spent most of it at 68 Pall Mall. He joined his father in Pall Mall very early in life, certainly when less than 20 years of age. He received the Freedom of the Clockmaker's Company in December 1809 and became a liveryman in January 1810 at the age of 30 and was admitted to the Court of Guild in the same year. There he served every office in the Court and was five times elected Master.