Walnut Longcase Clock by Jonas Barber

RATCLIF CROSS, LONDON

c. 1690
Jonas Barber longcase clock

A William and Mary walnut longcase with 11" square brass dial and 8-day plated movement with 5 knopped and finned pillars, fully latched.

The finely matted 11" dial with fine decorative engraving to dial centre, dial border and calendar ring aperture, ringed winding holes. Silvered Roman chapter ring with inner quarter-hour track and half-hour markers, outer track with Arabic five minutes. Silvered seconds ring and calendar aperture. Very fine and decorative hour and minute hands, the details on the hour hand echoing the fine dial centre engraving.

The 8-day plated movement with 5 knopped and finned pillars, fully latched, strikes the hours on a bell via an inside countwheel. High quality arbors and very fine pinions, typical of London clocks of this period. Original scape wheel and early anchor enhance this movement. The movement has been fully serviced and is one of the best early untouched movements of this period that we've seen to date.

The walnut case having good long 42 1/2" trunk door with bulls eye lenticle. Fine stringing to the trunk and door. The forward-slidng flat-topped hood with fret, glazed side panels and barley twist columns.

This clock has all of the features you would expect on a high quality London clock. A near identical clock by Jonas Barber is illustrated on page 51 of 'Clock Types' by E J Tyler [Longman 1982].

The Barber family were a renowned clockmaking family in the Yorkshire area. Jonas Barber, brother of John Barber of Skipton, was born in 1652 in Yorkshire. He later moved to London to practice his trade as a clockmaker at Ratclif Cross. He died in 1698.

Height: 78 inches (198 cm)

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Price: £16,950

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