Longcase Clock by Thomas Wise


c. 1690
Thomas Wise longcase clock

An ebonised, fruitwood veneered eight-day longcase clock with ten inch dial by Thomas Wise of London.

The five finned pillar, outside countwheel, split-barrel winding, bell-striking movement with anchor escapement.

The 10 inch dial with subsidiary seconds dial and calendar aperture to the finely matted centre within applied silvered Roman numeral chapter ring with stylised sword hilt half hour markers, Arabic five minutes and signed "Tho. Wise, London" to lower edge. Winged cherub head and scroll cast spandrels.

The ebonised case with 42 inch trunk door, the hood with caddy top, glazed sides and straight columns with brass capitals, the base sitting on bun feet.

Thomas Wise, born 1663, was apprenticed to his father, the eminent clockmaker John Wise, from 1678 to 1685. Gaining his freedom in 1686/87, he worked from Fenchurch Street, London until his death in around 1698.

Height: 80 inches (203 cm)

Thomas Wise longcase clock hood

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