A fine George III period mahogany trunkdial wall clock with 15 inch, one piece wooden dial.
The case of rich colour and figure has an ogee shaped access door to the base and a crisp return moulding to the front and sides. The one piece apron with elegant “ears” is a feature of the finest early trunkdials. Access doors to the movement are provided to both sides of the case, typical in early wooden dial clock cases.
The one piece wood dial, 15 inches in diameter, is written in Roman numerals on the original, lightly crazed, white ground. The maker’s signature RICH COLE Cornhill IPSWICH is written above and below the dial centre. Both the slender steel hands have delicate heart shaped tips. The well-turned, concave brass bezel perfectly complements the concave mahogany surround.
The 8-day fusee movement has 5 pillars and an anchor escapement. It has a flat steel pendulum rod with a heavy, brass faced lenticular bob.
Height: 21 ½ in (54.5 cm)
Dial width: 15 in (38 cm)
Overall Width: 17 ¼ in (44 cm)
* Richard Cole was one of the most respected Suffolk makers. An extract from Suffolk Clocks and Clockmakers by Arthur L Haggar and Leonard F Miller is attached.
An English Private Collector in Essex. Bought at the BADA Fair in 2005