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Bicknell & Co, London.


A rare very small Regency mantel timepiece with convex white enamel dial signed Bicknell & Co London. Fine blued steel hands. The high quality five pillar eight day fusee movement with shaped plates and an anchor escapement stamped Thwaites No. 4389. The break arch ebonised case also numbered 4389 with brass carrying handle having a full opening door with a cast brass bezel, convex glass and fish scale frets below. Brass corners and brass bracket feet.

Height. 8 inches. (20 cm)

Date. Circa 1809

John Thwaites was apprenticed in c.1772 to his father Aynsworth Thwaites who founded the business in c. 1740. John Thwaites was Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1815, 1819 and 1820. In 1816, Thwaites partnered with George Jeremiah Reed, and the firm became Thwaites & Reed. Along with selling their own clocks they supplied high quality clock movements to the trade, including the well known clockmakers, Dutton, Dwerrihouse, Ellicott and Vulliamy.

The Thwaites numbering records from 1761 to 1910 still exist. This fine example is numbered 4389, we can approximate the date to 1809 making it an early example of a Thwaites clock.