John Thwaites, London. No. 2195
A George III mahogany bracket clock with perfect white enamel dial signed John Thwaites London. Fine blued steel hands. The eight day double fusee movement striking the hours on a bell with trip repeat function. The backplate with border engraving and signed John Thwaites Clerkenwell London. The frontplate stamped with the serial number 2195.
The mahogany case with three brass bound raised pads to the break arch case with brass carrying handle, brass framed front door with fluted brass corners and brass ogee feet.
Date circa 1800
Height 14 inches (36 cm)
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 2195, we can approximate the date to 1800 making it an early example of a Thwaites clock.