George Graham, London
Important small George II ormolu timepiece. Circa 1751
Cast one piece ormolu rococo case with hinged bezel having a convex glass and a brass back cover.
3 inch convex enamel dial with Roman and Arabic numerals signed George Graham, London. Watch style beetle & poker blued steel hands.
Substantial eight day single fusee four pillar movement with dead beat escapement and bolt & shutter maintaining power. Shaped plates with smaller frontplate than the backplate to fit the case.
Height 7 inches (18 cm)
Dating from no later than 1751, this is the earliest known spring clock fitted with Graham’s deadbeat escapement. The original purchaser of a clock that may well have been intended for a bedroom or other private room, must have had a sound and most up-to-date knowledge of horology – a unique and obviously special-order decorative timepiece from England’s premier clockmaker, and one that was also technically advanced.