Magnificent Manchester Longcase Clock. Thos Read. Moon, Centre Calendar, c1800

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Seller: georgella123 (2,771) 100%, Location: Yeovil, Ships to: GB, Item: 153556790630 Magnificent Manchester Longcase Clock. Thos Read. Moon, Centre Calendar, c1800 A great example of the large and impressive longcase clocks that Manchester became famous for during the Georgian era. This one has all of the desirable attributes: arch moon phase dial with centre calendar and subsidiary seconds; opulent flame mahogany case with beautiful detailing and typical Manchester ‘gothic’ door top. Thomas Read advertised his clocks in Manchester papers from 1797 onwards. He is listed in the trade directories 1778 to 1804 working from Back lane and then 3 Gt Ancoats Street. The falseplate on this clock is stamped “Osborne Manufactory Birmingham”. Osborne dials were produced from the late 18th century into the earlier part of the 19th century. This clock is a very impressive piece and in very good condition throughout. The movement is well maintained and runs perfectly with all extra functions (moon, date) working correctly. The dial is beautifully painted with corners showing mainly military themes. One of these is noted “Duke of York” (see picture). The arch has a moon disk which revolves to show the current moon phase. There are intermediate scenes of a ship at sea and a rural scene. The case is of mahogany and very solidly built. It features the very best ‘flame’ figuring to the front panels. The panels to the trunk door front are book-matched, normally an earlier feature in my experience. The trunk door has three ‘spires’ to the top, a gothic style feature often found in the higher quality Manchester clocks of this time. The trunk pillars are of a triple spindle pattern sometimes referred to as “Chippendale sticks”. The case retains an excellent colour and polish. Dimensions are: height 92 inches, width 24 inches (max), depth 10.5 inches. The clock is complete with pendulum, weights, winder and trunk door key. There is also a letter dated 1994 with details of Thomas Read’s working life and possible connection with Charles Booth? Delivery and setup for £75 to UK mainland within 300 miles of BA22 (Somerset). Viewing and collection welcome. Condition: Fully working, very good antique condition throughout., Age: Antique, Pre-1900, Material: Mahogany, Type: Longcase/ Grandfather Clock, Features: 8-Day, Sub-Type: Grandfather, Clock Type: Longcase/ Grandfather Clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme: Georgian

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