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Clockmaker/By : Edward Wicksteed of London.
Duration : 8 day.
Circa : 1780.
Height : 19.5 inches.
Red and gold lacquer paint with bell top and central brass carrying handle.
Case decoration consisting of Chinese figures, exotic birds, flowers and patterns.
Brass pineapple finials to hood corners.
Silk backed brass frets to sides of dial arch.
Circle and oblong windows to sides of case.
Original locks to back and rear of case.
Edw. Wicksteed London engraved on silvered circles on dial and repeated on backplate.
Verge escapement with silent dead beat tick.
Brass arched dial with matted dial centre, silvered chapter ring and Roman and Arabic numerals.
Rococo spandrels to dial arch and corners of dial.
Salt box date aperture.
Matching steel hands.
Elaborate engraving to backplate.
Edward Wicksteed was working in London 1763 - 1811 as follows:
- 9 Fore Street 1768 (1767 - 68 Directories)
- 114 Bunhill Row 1795 (1770 - 96 Directories)
- Also advertised as a 'watchmaker for exportation'
He was probably born in Oswestry in 1732, the son of Charles Wickstead and before moving to London in 1763 was working in Walsall and Wolverhampton.
Charles Wickstead was born in Whitchurch and apprenticed to John Wickstead of Stafford in 1717 and was working at Oswestry 1728 - 48.
Guarantee : 12 months.
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