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JOHN DEWE. A fine George II period tavern clock.

JOHN DEWE. A fine George II period tavern clock. JOHN DEWE. A fine George II period tavern clock.
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JOHN DEWE. A fine George II period tavern clock.

Origin
Southwark
Date
circa 1730-1735

A fine George II period tavern clock by this known maker of early tavern clocks.

The unusual case has a “square” shield dial and deeply moulded concave surround.  The gilt chapter ring is written in Roman hour numerals with a double minutes circle and outside five minute Arabic numerals with leafy scrolls to each corner.  The elegantly written signature John Dewe Southwark beneath the dial runs the full width of the case and is typical of the earliest tavern clocks.  The unusual earpieces are charmingly painted with birds on scrolls of leaves and flowers above a section of cross-hatching. The gilt chinoiserie decoration to the trunk door shows an oriental scene of figures before a pavilion set against a wooded background.  To the sides there are gilt chrysanthemum sprays. 

The 8-day duration timepiece movement has an anchor escapement and rectangular shaped plates. The restored brass hands have arrow shaped tips and both the minute and hour hands are counterbalanced. The horizontal construction of the boards of the dial is unusual as they are normally vertical in a shield dial tavern clock. 

Date: circa 1730 - 1735

Height: 62 in (158 cm)

Width: 30 in (76 cm)

* The earliest tavern clocks are rare and in the definitive book ‘English Dial Clocks’ by Ronald E. Rose, there is a clock of almost identical design by the same maker.

HW6243

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