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Joseph Knibb, London


A rare Charles II quarter repeating spring table timepiece in a walnut veneered case. The refined phase II case veneered with well figured walnut, foliate tied handle to the dome caddy top. The 6 1/4 inch square brass dial with silvered chapter ring and winged and cherub spandrels. The dial centre is finely matted and the steel hands are pierced and faceted. Beneath six o’clock is the makers signature, Joseph Knibb London.

The single fusee eight day duration movement has a verge escapement and latched baluster pillars. The pull quarter repeating mechanism operated from a pull cord to the side of the case with the hours sounded on the larger bell and the quarters on the smaller bell. The backplate is engraved with tulips and foliage around the signature, Joseph Knibb London.

Joseph Knibb was born in 1640 in Oxford and to begin with worked there with his brother John. In 1663 he was admitted to the Clockmakers’ Company and in 1668 was given his Freedom, moving to London in 1671. Joseph was one of the most celebrated clockmakers of the 17th century and was patronised by Charles II for whom he made several fine clocks.

Height. 12 1/2 in (31.7 cm)