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Abel Panchaud, Oxford Street, London.


Small George III ebonised bracket clock. The white enamel dial signed Abel Panchaud Oxford Street with Arabic hour numerals. Blued steel hands. Concealed rise and fall regulation. The eight day double fusee movement with rare silent verge escapement, striking the hours on a bell with a strike-silent facility which is mounted on the finely engraved backplate.

The small ebonised case with arch top and three brass bound pads with brass carrying handle. Brass corners to the opening door having a cast brass bezel with convex glass and cast brass frets below. Brass fish scale frets to the sides and brass bracket feet.

Height 13 ins (33 cm)

Date circa 1800

This clock is a rare example having silent pallets and the concealed rise-fall mechanism for regulation. It is beautifully done via a rack mechanism above the backcock.

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.