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Item:153943337597You won’t find many like this! Some of the rarer moon dial clocks incorporate a ‘tidal’ calibration to show high water at a particular port. Very exceptionally, clockmakers (probably at the request of their client) chose to display high water times at several ports… This one of those very rare clocks. Mr Merryweather, in fact “Francis Isaac of Birmingham, Bristol and London”, appears to have had an interesting life back in Georgian times. He was apprenticed to Manderville Somersal (London) in 1750 but not freed. He then moved to Birmingham where he worked from 1758 until 1765. He also worked in Bristol at some time and was married there in 1763. He was declared bankrupt in 1765 and had moved to Northampton by 1773. Regardless of Mr Merryweather’s apparently chequered history this is undeniably a beautiful clock. An excellently proportioned case with ‘caddy’ top and a truly wonderful brass 12 inch dial with silvered chapter-ring and tasteful engraving. Even without the ‘3 tide’ feature it would be a lovely piece but the rarity of that is what elevates it to another level. The clock is fully working and in very good antique condition. The oak case has well-figured panels to the front and an excellent colour. Notable features are the 'caddy' superstructure above the swan necks as already mentioned, and the delicate fretting the arch. As always with genuine old cases there are signs of age but nothing that would be considered a major defect. The dial has very good silvering and the engraving is crisp and clear. The minute ring is in what is often considered 'Dutch' style and adopted by a few English makers. The painted moons in the arch are quite unusual – I have seen a lot of different styles of moon but these are quite unique. The movement is fairly standard for the period being of 8-day, 2 train format striking the hours on a bell. Dimensions are: height 91 inches to top of caddy, or 93 inches with finials, width 21 inches (max), depth 11 inches. The clock is complete with weights, brass faced pendulum, winder and trunk door key (working lock). Regarding deliveries and the current COVID restrictions: I am currently able to deliver to addresses in England within 300 miles of BA22 (Somerset) on a ‘drop 0ff’ basis for £75, however I will not be able to offer my normal set-up service until restrictions are further lifted, please contact me with any questions about this.Condition:Fully working, very good antique condition., Featured Refinements:Longcase Clock, Sub-Type:Grandfather, Age:Antique, Pre-1900, Material:Oak, Clock Type:Longcase/ Grandfather Clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme:Georgian, Features:8-Day
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Very Rare Antique Longcase Clock, Tides in 3 Ports, Moon, George III. c1760