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Sargent, Jermyn St. London


Ebonised Geo III bracket clock, the break arch brass dial with roccoco spandrels and silvered chapter signed Jos:h Sargent German Street St.James with Arabic numerals and a subsidiary calendar dial. Brass hands, strike-silent dial to the arch. Eight day double fusee movement now with anchor escapement, converted from verge. Striking the hours on a bell, floral engraved backplate. The ebonised inverted bell top case with brass carrying handle, brass pineapple finials, cast brass frets to the front door, cast brass key escutcheon and brass bracket feet.

Date. Circa 1795

Height. 20 inches (50.8 cm)

Joseph Sargent is recorded as a clock and watchmaker to the Princess of Wales. The dial engraver has spelt Jermyn Street as German Street, clock dials do occasionally have misspelt place names. The Princess of Wales at this date was Caroline of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, she married George III's eldest son, her first cousin, George, Prince of Wales. They were married on the 8th April 1795 at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace, London. The marriage was not a happy one, George tried but failed to divorce Caroline. On the death of King Geo III on 29th January 1820 Caroline's husband became King and she was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

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