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Fine George III Longcase Clock by James Howden of Edinburgh c. 1775

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Seller: webberley (851) 100%, Location: East Sussex, Ships to: GB, Item: 232484830110 I am a third generation specialist antiques dealer with over 30 years of personal hands on experience. I am truly passionate about antique furnitureI recognise that buying antiques on line is a leap of faith and so I provide very detailed and accurate descriptions and offer a full refund guaranteeI have been selling on eBay since 2003 with 100% feedback and many returning regular clients Fine George III Longcase Clock by James Howden of Edinburgh c. 1775 A particulary fine example of an Edinburgh mahogany Longcase clock by James Howden.An important Edinburgh clock making dynasty, the Howden family are recorded over three generations from circa 1775. James Howden, who made this clock, served his apprenticeship under the master Scottish clockmakers Alexander Farquharson and James Cowan from 1764 to 1771. James was released from his apprenticeship and made a member of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1774. He died in January 1810. There was no better known business of high repute in Edinburgh at this time than Howdens and at the time of James's retirement in 1808 the following notice appeared:*** "James Howden, 3 Hunter Square, Edinburgh, in returning his warmest thanks to the numerous class of friends and customers who have so steadily patronised him in business for a long series of years, begs leave to intimate to them and the public that he retired from business in December last (1808), and that the shop occupied by him since that time has been possessed by his sons James and William Howden, the former as watchmaker, the latter as jeweller "and silversmith. They have been bred to their several professions under the first masters in London, and being fully confident of their strictest attention and assiduity he presumes to solicit on their behalf a continuation of that patronage with which he has so liberally been favoured." Edinburgh Evening Courant, 22nd April 1809 Keeping excellent time and chiming perfectly on the hour, with working date aperture. The clock is in superb original and fully working condition and has been checked and carefully serviced. The mechanism is fully guaranteed for two years by Mr Malcolm Styles (renowned clock maker and restorer in Tunbridge Wells).The 8-Day movement has rack striking of the hours on a bell and its original anchor escapement with steel pendulum rod and brass faced bob, and with original weights. The arched brass dial with silvered chapter ring and seconds ring, the roman numerals still filled with their original black wax. With brass etched engraved centre with foliate rococo spandrels of flowers, vines and leaves to the corners and well pierced hour, minute and second original steel hands. The aperture for the date is above the VI and to the arch is a finely signed brass plaque with hand engraved border, flanked by further fine fettled brass spandrels of open flowers, leaves and vines.The elegant case has an arched pediment with a central ball & spire brass finials which are later replacements. The hood door and hood columns all finely strung with satinwood and ebony, the stringing repeated to the long trunk door and flanking columns which terminate in beautiful pale satinwood panels each finely strung in satinwood and ebony. The case is veneered in figured and flamed mahogany of very good colour and patina. An exceptional long case clock of exemplary craftsmanship. James Howden would have made the entire mechanism by hand himself, designing and casting each brass element and sitting for hours by candlelight with tiny files, to finish each cog and wheel and fettle each spandrel. The case is original to the clock, the cases were made by cabinet makers who were employed by the clock maker and each case was made bespoke to suit the clock mechanism.The long slow tick and soft chimes to each hour transport you to the 18th Century, and straight into James Howden's workshop in Hunter Square. The clock is 89.5 inches high including the finials*** from 'Old Scottish Clockmakers from 1453 to 1850' by John Smith, complied from old sources with notes and published in 1921 by Oliver and Boyd, Tweeddale Court, 33 Paternoster Row, LondonMany more details about James Howden and his clocks are included in this illustrated book Webberley Antiques can be contacted on 01424 838557 or on 07765 233 266We are happy to arrange delivery and worldwide shipping on your behalf please see the delivery information belowOur stock can viewed at our barn showroom in East Sussex by arrangement WEBBERLEY HAS MANY REGULAR REPEAT CUSTOMERS Please read our 100% positive feedbackVisit us at www webberleyantiques. co. uk Full Refund PolicyWe offer a no quibble refund of purchase price if you are unhappy for any reason with your purchase. We simply ask that you let us know as soon as possible and that you return the item within 14 days. In 32 years we have had only two items returned, one in 2004 as the colour was not quite as expected, and the other in 2010 because our customer had not measured correctly and the dresser did not fit (but later purchased another dresser from us). Our FurnitureAntique furniture has had a long life and history and any marks of matters of significance are described as accurately as possible. We guarantee the quality of our items and the accuracy of our descriptions. We sell with integrity and offer a truly personal and friendly service. ViewingsWe open by arrangement and would be very pleased to welcome you at our showroom barn in East Sussex. UK Deliveries and CollectionsWe will happily arrange delivery with our specialist couriers. Delivery charges depend on where you live but are usually £40 to £70.We subcontract our deliveries and make no profit on these. Most couriers send just one driver with your items but if you cannot assist with lifting, we can arrange for an extra pair of hands on the van for an additional sum. You are also welcome to collect in person or to send your own courier.Most couriers offer free or reduced rates for second items to the same address. For larger items and deliveries going to the far West, far North, Scotland, Wales and non UK mainland, charges may be higher so please do ask for a quote. Overseas ShippingWe ship worldwide and have regular clients in the US, Europe and Australia. International shipping can be expensive and we can obtain quotations for you from shippers with whom we have negotiated good rates. eBay does not allow us to enter a range of prices so we have put in a sufficient amount for most of Ireland, France and Germany. PaymentWe prefer not to accept PayPal payments. We accept cheques, bank transfers, debit cards and credit cards (with 2% fee). You have the same payment protection and guarantees when paying by these methods as you do when paying by PayPal. Please call the Debbie Tice on 01424 838557 or +44 1424 838557 for any other information. Please save Webberley Antiques to your favourites list…..and thank you for taking the time to read to the end! Age: c.1775, Material: Mahogany, Type: Longcase/ Grandfather Clock

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