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John Hamilton Mahogany Quarter-chiming Tall Clock

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Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2760M
Date / Time :
November 01, 2014 10:00AM


John Hamilton Mahogany Quarter-chiming Tall Clock, Glasgow, Scotland, c. 1790, the pierced lattice scroll-top case with brass rosettes, carved dentils and blind fret tympannum, free-standing twist columns flank the composite brass dial with silvered Roman numeral chapter ring, recessed seconds and boss in the arch engraved John Hamilton/Glasgow, matted center, cast brass spandrels and levers for Chime-Silent and 4 Bells and 8 Bells, the rectangular waist door with line inlays and ovolo corners flanked by twist quarter columns with Corinthian capitals, all on a figured mahogany base and ogee feet, eight-day three-train chiming movement on four and eight bells with three brass cased lead weights and second's pendulum, ht. 90 1/2 in.
Estimate $1,500-2,500

Movement wants overhaul, one weight lacking brass casing, others with age consistent repairs, dial in old lacquer, silvering worn, numeral wax missing in some areas, Case feet reglued, lacking bottom board, old surface on case. Seating board is an old relacement but no evidence that the mechanism is married to case.

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Glasgow, Scotland, John Hamilton