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Agar & Son, York.


Mahogany eight day longcase clock with 12 inch break arch painted dial having a strike/ silent dial to the arch, subsidiary seconds dial and calendar dial, signed Agar & Son York with Roman hour numerals and Arabic minutes. Gilded gesso to the corners and blued steel hands.

The fine eight day movement with anchor escapement, striking the hours on a bell with Hindley style trip repeat. Heavy brass faced steel strip pendulum and small lead weights.

The flame figured mahogany case of rich patina with swan neck pediment having brass paterae and original gilded flambeau finial. Brass capitals to the fluted free standing columns, solid mahogany break arch trunk door veneered with figured mahogany. Single shaped plinth to the base.

  • Height. 7 ft 6 in. (228.6 cm)
  • Date circa 1780

John Agar was born about 1730, and worked in York from 1760 until his death in 1815. John Agar seems to have been influenced by Henry Hindley, York's finest clockmaker, some of his work, as is the case with this clock, shows Hindley features. Several members of the Agar family worked in the clock trade most likely within the family business. John Agar junior was apprenticed to his father in 1766, and freed in 1782. By 1784 he had moved to work in Malton, most likely to avoid competing with his father. The signature of Agar & Son may signify the period when father and son worked together in York.