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Francis Gregg, London.


A George I ebony table clock with pull quarter repeat. The break arch brass dial with silvered chapter ring, matted centre, calendar aperture and false pendulum aperture with silvered cartouche signed Francis Gregg London. Rise and fall regulation to the arch. Blued steel hands. The substantial five pillar movement with verge escapement and pull quarter repeat. The backplate with 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 glazed panels to the sides. Fine mouldings surround the glazed aperture and the front door has a cast keyhole escutcheon.

Date circa 1725

Height. 16 inches (40 cm)

Francis Gregg was born in circa 1677 and apprenticed to John Clowes in 1691 through to 1698. He is recorded working in Russell Street in 1711 and St. James's 1714-29.

The National Trust property, Mompesson House in Salisbury has a near identical clock in its collection.