A very elegant George III period tavern timepiece by this Chester maker. It has an 18 inch flat painted iron dial which is set behind a glass door with a concave brass surround.The pierced blue steel hands appear to be original, the delicate minute hand terminating in a demi-lune counterpoise.
The single fusee weight-driven brass plated movement with anchor escapement runs for a week.
The well patinated mahogany case has a full length trunk door in highly figured mahogany.
This clock is unusual in a number of ways. Firstly, it is a very early example of an iron painted white dial tavern clock. Secondly, it is very rare for mahogany tavern clocks to have a glazed door to protect the dial and hands, both of which have survived intact in this piece.
Height: 41 in (104 cm)
Width: 21 ½ in (54.5 cm)
Depth: 8 ⅜ in (21.25 cm)
* R Fletcher is listed on page 270 of Brian Loomes’ ‘Clockmakers of the World: 21st Century Edition’.
Signed / Inscribed
R. Fletcher Chester.