Robert Molyneux, Southampton Row, London SOLD
A fine four glass mantel timepiece in a rosewood case with gilt engine turned dial signed Robt Molyneux Southampton Row London. Blued steel Breguet style hands. The eight day chain and fusee movement with anchor escapement is signed to the backplate Robt Molyneux Southampton Row London. The rosewood case of lovely colour and patina has a gilt handle to the stepped top with glazed panel to the top for viewing the escapement and ripple mouldings, brass bun feet and glazed side panels. The front door with silvered sight ring.
Date circa 1830 Height handle down 9 ins (23 cm)
Robert Molyneux, a fine maker was apprenticed to Thomas Earnshaw. Molyneux specialised in making escarpments at first and supplied well known firms. In 1805 Molyneux was asked to comment on chronometers submitted to the Board of Longitude by Thomas Earnshaw and John Arnold. Molyneux made an astronomical regulator for Thomas Brisbane, who after the end of his term as Governor of New South Wales, Australia, built an observatory at Makerstoun in Scotland on his return there in 1825.