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Richard Gunter

A fine and rare George III balloon mantel timepiece. Circa 1782

Case

The balloon shape waisted case with rich flame mahogany and harewood veneer with kingwood and boxwood inlay. Cast brass bezel with convex glass and brass ogee bracket feet. Signed in ink to the case Mr Gunter and stamped with J Thwaites number 1097 to seatboard.

Dial

Superb enamel convex dial with Roman numerals signed Richard Gunter London. Blued steel hands.

Movement

High quality eight day fusee movement with anchor escapement. The border engraved backplate signed Richd Gunter London secured with three brackets. The frontplate stamped J. Thwaites and numbered 1097. Shaped pendulum bob with pendulum holdfast.

Height 15 ins (38 cm)

The surviving Thwaites records date this clock as c.1782. The Thwaites were a famous family of clockmakers in Clerkenwell who made domestic clocks and turret clocks, including the turret clock for Horseguards Parade which is still in use today.

£14,000