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Item:402249700153A stunning Mahogany Longcase Clock by Thomas Wagstaffe, London c1770. The well figured case standing 7'1" tall is in excellent condition and houses the 8 day movement striking the hours on a bell. Brass dial has Strike/Silent regulation and subsidiary seconds dial. The case/Dial & movement are original to each other and the movement is keeping excellent time. I bought this clock from a dealer in Essex in 2003. Thomas Wagstaffe was a very eminent clockmaker, he is recorded as working in Carey St & Gracechurch St, London 1756-1793. Clocks and watches made by him have featured in many museums and collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Dennison Collection, the Ilbert Collection and the Virginia Museum. About Thomas Wagstaffe of London, England.“Thomas Wagstaffe, London.” He is listed in Brain Loomes “Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World, Volume 1,” As working between 1756 through 1793. Thomas was born in 1724 in the small town of Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. This town is located some 67 miles northwest of London. By 1753 he is listed as a Merchant and Taylor in London later as a Watchmaker. It is said that he was a physically large individual. He was diligent and prolific worker and by temperament, patient and conscientious. His correspondence indicate a warm and highly socialized personality. He was a dedicated Quaker and had many acquaintance who lived in America. Most of whom lived in the Philadelphia area. When Quakers from Colonial American visited London, they were welcomed and received lodging in his home. It was not uncommon for many to return to America with one of his movements to be cased here. Some 30 plus examples exist, including one which is in the collection at Winterthur with a case constructed by Thomas Affleck who was a very talented Philadelphia cabinetmaker. Wagstaffe clocks are highly prized in England and enjoy the same hallowed reputation as the Willard Family does in America. Thomas lived until 1802. Any questions please feel free to email or call/text on 07785 516689. Thanks for looking.
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Mahogany Longcase Clock by Thomas Wagstaffe, London c1770. Brass Weights etc.