James Pike, Eltham
A fine George III mahogany longcase regulator with 12 inch square silvered dial having an outer minute ring enclosing the large subsidiary seconds dial and hour dial, signed Pike Eltham with blued steel hands. The eight day movement driven by a tiny brass cased weight has large plates with four substantial tapered pillars. Jewelled Graham dead beat escapement and Harrison's maintaining power to keep the clock going during winding. Massive pendulum bob with gilt wood rod and calibrated rating nut suspended from a bracket mounted on the backboard. The exceptional mahogany case of lovely colour and patina with an architectural pediment to the hood and reeded corners, long trunk door with well figured flame veneer and a raised panel to the base with double plinth.
Height 6 ft 8 ins (203 cm)
Date c 1790
James Pike is recorded as a clock and watchmaker along with running the post office in Eltham, he is also recorded as being a constable. He died in 1837 and was buried in the parish churchyard. This clock displays influence by the work of Vulliamy as seen by the tapered pillars similar to those used by Vulliamy and the elegant architectural pediment associated with the longcase clocks made by the Vulliamy family.
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