Rare 18th Century Longcase Clock, JAMES WILSON Painted Dial - For Restoration

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Seller: parkviewbooksandcollectables (1,860) 100%, Location: Huddersfield, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 233245962095 Let me make two points at the outset: this is a rare and desirable item; as you can see from the photographs, it is a restoration project! Why is James Wilson an important figure in Clock-making? Until the late 18th Century, Clock-faces were made of engraved brass. Then, in Birmingham, in the 1770s, a new way of creating them was started - and James Wilson and his partner, Thomas Osborne, are considered the originators of the process of making clock dials by painting on iron. Wilson was in partnership with Osborne between 1772-77, and then worked on his own, at 11 Great Charles Street, Birmingham until 1809. It seems that he used a number of artists to paint the dials, and that each dial he made was of individual design. This dial is 17.75 inches high and slightly over 13 inches wide. While it shows signs of its great age, the images are clear. It is stamped, ‘WILSON BIRM.’ on the back: See photos. As to the rest of the clock, I do not have any further information about it, but you can see what is on offer from the photographs. Unfortunately, the clock was knocked over some years ago, and sustained a lot of damage to the hood - though a fair amount of this is still available for repair - and the case was also damaged on one side. The height of the case is 63.5 inches excluding the backboard, and 78 inches with it. The width (max.) is 19.25 inches, and the depth is 9 inches. The movement is intact, and other parts of the mechanism, including the weights, are available. Again, please study the photographs carefully - what you see is what you get - paying careful attention to condition. Just let me know if you would like to see more photos, or if there is anything more you would like to know about this clock. Although this is an auction, best offers are welcomed. In view of its size and weight, I am offering thus longcase clock for collection from Huddersfield. However, I am prepared to consider shipping, including overseas, as long as the buyer is prepared to pay the FULL cost. I am also prepared to sell the most desirable parts of the clock - the dial and movement - separately; and these would be easier and cheaper to ship by themselves. However, the price of the dial and movement will be much the same as for the whole clock. Brand: James Wilson Dial, Age: Antique, Pre-1900, Style: Late 18th Century, Features: 8-Day

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