JOHN KNAPP. A QUEEN ANNE PERIOD EBONISED HOUR-STRIKING TABLE CLOCK.
A good Queen Anne period brass dial hour-striking table clock, the elegant ebonised case in a fine state of preservation.
The dome topped case stands on four moulded block feet, has four brass corner finials and has a beautifully finished knopped ormolu handle. The rectangular brass dial is mounted with winged cherub spandrels, a silvered chapter ring and blued steel pointers which are finely pierced and faceted. The centre to the dial is matted with ringed winding holes below the dummy pendulum aperture and there is engraving around the aperture to view the day of the month.
The eight day duration movement has a twin fusee drive and the hours are sounded on a separate bell with a strike/silent lever. There is a restored verge escapement and the backplate is finely engraved with acanthus leaves around the maker’s signature which is centred below a stylised bird. All the engraving is set within a wheatear border.
Height: 15 in (38 cm)
Width: 10 ½ in (27 cm)
Depth: 7 ½ in (19 cm)
* John Knapp is recorded on page 309 of Brian Loomes’ Clockmakers of Britain 1286 – 1700. He started his working life in Reading in the 1690s and then he moved to London where he worked until his death in 1730.
Signed / Inscribed
John Knapp London