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JAMES DRURY. An exceptionally rare mahogany tavern clock

JAMES DRURY. An exceptionally rare mahogany tavern clock JAMES DRURY. An exceptionally rare mahogany tavern clock

JAMES DRURY. An exceptionally rare mahogany tavern clock

Anno 1760

An exceptionally rare mahogany tavern clock by this well-known London maker.

The large case, of classic tavern clock style, has glazed doors on both sides of the trunk to view the winding of the weights. There is an access door on the right hand side to enable one to install the pendulum when setting up the clock. The veneer to the long front door has fine flame mahogany veneers. The ogee shaped base has been sympathetically restored. There are beautifully carved foliate mahogany scrolls to each side of the trunk at the top.

The black painted mahogany dial comes in two sections and with a broad, crisply shaped moulded bezel. The case is signed in gilt letters on a black ground by the maker on a raised panel just below the dial surround. The chapter ring has gilt Roman hour numerals, a band of gilt dots for the minutes and outside five minute Arabic numerals. The flattened brass hands have elongated heart tips, the minute with counterpoise tail.

The 8-day 2-train movement has substantial rectangular plates and a four wheel going train with anchor escapement. The hourly rack-striking train has the bell raised above the backplate of the movement. It has a steel rod pendulum with brass faced bob and two lead weights. Very unusually, the front plate is signed J. Drury London Anno 1760 in cursive script.

Date: Anno 1760

Height: 66 in (169 cm)

Dial: 34 in (86 cm)

Depth: 9 ¼ in (23.5 cm)

* The Drurys were a fine London clockmaking family working over three generations in Clerkenwell, London. James Dury was apprenticed in 1740 and a member of the Clockmakers’ Company from 1751 until his death in 1811. We once owned a superb silvered brass dial verge timepiece clock by this maker set within the gilt surround at the top of a walnut bureau bookcase.


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