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Lund & Blockley, 42 Pall Mall, London. No. 2/269

Small ebonised and brass mounted bracket clock. The gilt break-arch dial profusely engraved with foliate scrolls, with Roman hours and Arabic five minute marks, regulation dial to arch, signed Lund & Blockley. The double chain fusee movement with recoil anchor escapement and rise and fall regulation, striking the hours on a bell with trip repeat, backplate signed Lund & Blockley Successors to Viner 42 Pall Mall London and numbered 2/269.

The ebonised break arch case with rope-work mounts, pierced brass fretwork to sides and wooden fretwork to the rear door, on gilt-brass bracket feet.

Date circa 1880

Height 14 ins (36 cm)

Provenance. Colefax & Fowler Collection.

Interestingly the backplate has a small plate engraved with the address 42 Pall Mall London and numbered 2/269, underneath which the backplate is signed New Bond Street, London and numbered 2/246. Evidently this clock was made by Viner but never used and taken into stock when Lund & Blockley took over the business in circa 1870. Lund and Blockley look to have carried on using Viner's numbering, possibly making 23 clocks before using the movement of 2/246 and re numbering it.

Charles Edward Viner (1788-1879). A very fine watch, clock and chronometer maker. Apprenticed to Thomas Savage in 1802 he became a member of The Clockmakers Company in 1813 and was a Liveryman between 1819 and 1840. He traded from several London addresses, 233 Regent Street, 1 Royal Exchange and a retail outlet at 151 New Bond Street.