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Vulliamy, London No. 759. SOLD

Clockmaker: Vulliamy, London

SOLD

A fine and rare small timepiece by this important clockmaker. Circa 1820

Case

The classical case which Vulliamy was known for by his clients is veneered with choice rosewood with brass inset canted corners and large glazed brass framed side panels. The case stands on brass acorn bun feet.

Dial

The exceptional chased and engraved arched silvered dial with Roman hour numerals signed Vulliamy London with rise and fall adjustment at XII. Original blued steel hands.

Movement

The chain fusee movement of superlative quality, having heavy plates with four baluster pillars. Half dead beat escapement with rise and fall regulation to the pendulum that has a large brass bob. Pendulum securing bracket mounted on the backplate, signed Vulliamy London and numbered 759.

Height 8 inches (20 cm)

This clock is recorded in the Vulliamy workbooks, the entry reads;

759 Small spring timepiece in a Rosewood case with silvered dial & engraved ornament

1820 Oct 25 Holmden the Movement with chain 7 10 -

the Case made by Lowther 2 12 6

1820 Aug 4 Brownly a Mahogany Box. " 16 -

10 18 6

Delivered to Sir G Murray

Dec 30th 1820

Sir George Murray GCB GCH FRS (6 February 1772 – 28 July 1846) was a British soldier and politician from Scotland. Born in Perthshire, the second son of Sir William Murray, of Ochtertyre, 5th Baronet

In 1789, Murray obtained a commission into the 71st Foot, reaching the rank of captain in 1794. In 1799, he was made a lieutenant-colonel, entering the Quartermaster General's Department and making his considerable reputation as Quartermaster General (1808–11) during the Peninsular War, under the Duke of Wellington, and receiving promotion to Colonel in 1809

During the Peninsular War he was present at the battles of A Coruña, Talavera, Busaco, Fuentes de Oñoro, Vittoria, Nivelle, Nive, Orthez and Toulouse. His Peninsular Gold Medal had six clasps – only the Duke of Wellington, with nine clasps, Sir Dennis Pack and Lord Beresford, with seven each, had more clasps to their medal.

He was appointed Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in 1819. He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Oxford in 1820 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1824. In 1825, he married Lady Louisa Erskine, widow of Sir James Erskine of Torrie (1772–1825). Subsequently, he was made Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance and then Commander-in-Chief, Ireland, but in 1828 he resigned the position and became Colonial Secretary. He was later Master-General of the Ordnance from 1834 to 1835 and again between 1841 and 1846.

Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy was the last of a line of exceptional clockmakers, and the last of his illustrious family to hold the Royal Clockmaker's Warrant.

Born on the 25th January 1780, not a lot is known about his childhood, he spent most of it at 68 Pall Mall. He joined his father in Pall Mall very early in life, certainly when less than 20 years of age. He received the Freedom of the Clockmaker's Company in December 1809 and became a liveryman in January 1810 at the age of 30 and was admitted to the Court of Guild in the same year. There he served every office in the Court and was five times elected Master.