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Clockmaker/By : Massey of Eccleshall (Staffordshire).
Duration: 8 Day.
Circa : 1800.
Height : 78.25"
Square oak hood with boxwood stringing to matching mahogany panels in hood and trunk.
Long trunk door with wavy top flanked by square reeded pillars.
Cross banding to hood, trunk door and base panel.
Base panel has corner fan inlays which match fan inlays on dial and canted has canted and bracket feet.
Width at widest point 20.5" (hood).
Square Wilson painted dial 13" x !3" with birds of no recognised species, as with all Wilson dials featuring birds.
Falseplate and date dial also stamped Wilson.
Geometric fan style spandrels with small fish cartouches inset.
Matching steel hour, minute and second hands.
James Wilson (1777-1809) was the most prolific of all dial painters and worked in Colmore Row and Great Charles Street, Birmingham. It is thought that he obtained his wrought iron dials from nearby Steelhouse Lane. On the back of the dial there is a white paint splodge with a letter H painted on, this is the mark of one of the dial painters, most of whom were women.
Although there were many members of the Massey family working as clockmakers in Staffordshire, there were only two working in Eccleshall - Francis who was working pre 1750 and Lawrence who was known to have been working 1794/95, having been apprenticed to John Stanyer, a well known maker in Nantwich.
The fact that this clock is signed with the family name 'Massey' indicates that the clock was made by members of the Massey family in partnership, rather than by a single member of the family working on his own account.
Guarantee : 12 months.
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