J & F Vigne, London.
A finer than usual George III mahogany bracket clock. The break arch silvered dial is very elegant with a subsidiary regulation dial calibrated 0-15 to the arch with blued steel hand. Strike/silent selector above XII. The dial is signed to the centre J & F Vigne London with Roman and Arabic numerals and the original blued steel hands. The high quality double fusee movement has thick plates, five large baluster pillars and a half dead beat escapement as used by Vulliamy. The original steel rod pendulum having a heavy brass faced bob is suspended from the pivoted regulation platform which is mounted on top of the plates. The striking train has finely made motionwork and strikes the hours on a bell. The engraved backplate is signed J & F Vigne London with a pendulum holdfast below.
Three brass bound raised pads to the break arch case with brass carrying handle, brass framed front door with fluted brass corners and brass bound moulding to the base with brass ogee feet.
Date circa 1795
Height 14 1/2 ins (37 cm)
This is a very high quality movement, most likely made in the same workshops as those signed by the leading clockmakers of the day. For example the double backcock, rise and fall mechanism and escapement on this clock are distinctive and are to be found on bracket clocks made by Vulliamy, William Dutton and Thomas Mudge.
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