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Daniel Delander, London.


A George II ebony table clock by one of the finest clockmakers of his day, Daniel Delander who was apprenticed to Thomas Tompion. The break arch brass dial with silvered chapter ring, matted centre, calendar aperture and false pendulum aperture with silvered cartouche above signed Dan: Delander London. Strike/silent function lever above XII, rise and fall regulation to the arch. Blued steel hands, hexagon fitting for the hour hand. The substantial six pillar movement with verge escapement, pull quarter repeat and alarm. The backplate is signed Dan: Delander London within a foliate cartouche amongst finely engraved foliage.

The ebony case has an inverted bell top and heavy brass carrying handle, finely pierced ebony sound frets to the doors and sides. Finely detailed mouldings surround the glazed aperture and the front door has cast keyhole escutcheons.

Daniel Delander was born circa 1678, apprenticed to Charles Halstead of London, he must have shown great skill as he was later transferred to Thomas Tompion, the finest clockmaker of his day. He was freed in July of 1699 but appears to have continued his association with Tompions workshop, probably as a journeryman. Tompion died in 1713 and in 1714 Delander moved from Deveraux Court to premises between the two Temple Gates in Fleet Street, within two years he moved again and was 'within Temple Bar'. He is believed to have died in 1733. There are elements of his Masters work in this clock such as the hexagon fitting for the hour hand and the heavy duty fusee chains.