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Ref: CK - 62 Longcase Clock
Clockmaker/By : Smith of Chester.
Duration : 8 day.
Circa : 1750.
Height : 84 inches (excl finials)
Oak - medium (colour) with mahogany cross banding to hood and trunk door and base.
Square caddy top hood with three brass finials and side windows.
Integral gesso capped pillars to hood and repeated quarter pillars to rear of hood.
Long trunk door with shaped top and original lock and hinges.
Plinth to base with original bracket feet.
Width at widest point 20.5" (Hood).
Brass 12" square dial with matted dial centre.
Silvered minute chapter ring (with half hour markers) and seconds dial.
Matching steel hour and minute hands with pointer second hand.
Extra slim lead weights.
Salt box calendar aperture with silvered date dial.
Eagle and urn spandrels.
Makers' name engraved below 6.00 o'clock.
Clockmakers by the name of Smith working in Chester were:
Joseph Smith who worked in Gloverstone 1725 - 1751
Gabriel Smith who worked in his father Joseph's shop in Gloverstone in 1747
Granted freedom in 1752
Elected Sheriff 1767
Elected mayor of Chester 1779
Worked in Bridge Street 1781 - 92
Died 1810 aged 83
It is believed this clock was made circa 1750 when Joseph and his son Gabriel worked together in Gloverstone and since it was made as a joint effort the name on the clock is engraved as Smith : Chester
Note: It is tempting to ponder whether through family connection Gabriel above was named after the famous Cheshire clockmaker Gabriel Smith of Barthomley.
There was also a John Smith with no known connection with the father and son above, although it is thought that John was a related to Joseph, who was working In Foregate Street,Chester in 1781. See CK 18 for a clock by John Smith of Chester.
Guarantee : 12 months.
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