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John Moore & Sons Regency Mahogany Regulator, Thomas Nicholas Lowther, Cabinetmaker

Auction:
3003M
Lot:
242
Sold for:
$13,530$11,000

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 3003M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
April 28, 2017 10:00AM

Description:

John Moore & Sons Regency Mahogany Regulator, Thomas Nicholas Lowther, Cabinetmaker, Clerkenwell, London, c. 1825-30, pitched pediment case with chamfered corners flanking the 12-in. glazed door opening, inset figured mahogany spandrels surmounted by a fluted frieze, the 12-in. silvered brass dial signed by maker John Moore & Sons/Clerkenwell, London, the astronomical dial with circumferenial minutes in arabic numerals, upper dial of seconds, lower of hours in roman numerals, blued-steel hands, glazed waist door flanked by chamfered corners and base with recessed panel of figured mahogany all resting on a simple chamfered base board, six-pillar, eight-day movement, four-wheel-train with maintaining power, all wheels having six crossings, jeweled escape arbor front and back, inset jeweled pallets on dead-beat faces, adjustable endshake brass caps on back plate of all arbors including pallet arbor with beat adjustment and excepting jeweled escape, outboard mounted roller for cable travel, six crossing pulley and frame, brass-cased weight and single-jar mercury temperature-compensating pendulum, ht. 76 1/2 in.

Note: It is rare to find the cabinetmaker for clocks of this type, but in this instance both edges of the seating board are die-stamped "T.N. Lowther." This name is found in Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, Vol. 2, p. 147, stating "Thomas Nicholas Lowther, Clerkenwell. 1828-1832. Clock case maker."
Estimate $7,000-9,000

overall very nice condition. Has winding key and door keys. Currently sitting on a serpentine and flared foot contemporary base.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

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Thomas Nicholas Lowther, Brian Loomes, London, Chamfer, Clerkenwell, Design, Electronic design, Electronic engineering, Mahogany, Metalworking terminology, Visual arts, Woodworking