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Hindley, York.


Chinoiserie decorated lacquered longcase clock with break arch brass dial, signed on the silvered chapter ring Hindley York. Finely matted centre with seconds dial, unusual days of the month dial to the arch with matted centre. Blued steel hands and rococo pattern spandrels. High quality, eight day movement with Hindley's double baluster pillars and enclosed winding clicks to the great wheels, six spoke wheelwork and starwheel snail for the hour strike.

Pagoda top to the case with gilt wood finials and gilt capitals to the columns. Long trunk door with moulded edge, double plinth to base.

  • Height. 8 ft 2 inches. (249 cm)
  • Date circa 1765

Henry Hindley (1701-1771), was an innovative clockmaker who influenced the development of the astronomical instrumentation of his time. Hindley fabricated two telescopes, using a very early version of an equatorial drive with a complex worm gear. He developed a dividing engine, and new techniques for graduating circles, which were published and utilized to improve the accuracy of positional astronomy. Hindley's designs and techniques were used by James Short, Jesse Ramsden, and other instrument makers.