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Ref: CK-37 Longcase Clock
Clockmaker/By : Morris Thomas of Carnarvon.
Duration: 8 day
Circa : Circa: 1775
Height : 86.5 inches.
Oak and mahogany.
Swan-neck pediment with brass paterae and fret underneath.
Mahogany reeded pillars to hood and trunk.
Long trunk door with wavy top and mahogany cross banding.
Short bracket feet to base.
Width at widest point 21.5 ins (hood ).
12" x 17" arch brass dial with brass Indian head spandrels.
Maker's name 'M Thomas, Carnarvon' (sic) engraved on a boss in arch flanked by cast brass dolphin / sea monster figures.
Silvered Chapter ring and engraved seconds and calendar dials with star burst centres.
Well engraved dial centre featuring small leafed vine.
Roman and Arabic numerals.
Morris Thomas was also known as 'Maurice' and spelt his town name engraved as Carnarvon'. An alternative spelling at the time was 'Karnarvon' for what we now call Caernarfon.
He worked in Booth Street and was a prolific maker of longcase clocks with brass dials, including many of high quality - tidal dials, moon dials and special astronomical dials. Cases also of high quality, in oak and mahogany. His son Robert worked with him (see below). Employed on 20 March 1770 to wind and regulate Caernarvon town clock. Mentioned in 1794 census as a widower with three children. A clock of circa 1780 is known with 'M Thomas Carnarvon' engraved in the arch boss and his son's name 'Robert Thomas' engraved in the dial centre.
Robert Thomas worked in Bangor Street and died in 1827. He was paid to wind and regulate the Caernarvon town clock from 1813 - 27. Many of his longcase clocks are known and a longcase clock made by him is in
Guarantee : 12 months.
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