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Edward Gratrex, Birmingham, circa 1740

A George III burr walnut eight-day longcase clock with moonphase

Edward Gratrex, Birmingham, circa 1740

The four pillar inside countwheel bell striking movement with anchor escapement regulated by seconds pendulum, the 13.75 inch brass break-arch dial with penny moon over age of the moon aperture and conforming calendar aperture to the symmetrical foliate scroll engraved matted centre within applied silvered Roman numeral chapter ring with foliate half hour markers, Arabic five minutes to outer track and signed E. Gratrex, Birmingham to lower margin, with pierced blued steel hands and crested mask centred foliate scroll cast spandrels to angles beneath arch centred with a silvered boss engraved TEMPUS FUGIT around a starburst flanked by conforming dolphin cast mounts, in a case with cavetto cornice and panelled upper quadrants over break-arch glazed door flanked by fluted columns with gilt brass caps and bases, the sides with ruby glass rectangular windows, the trunk with concave throat moulding over burr-veneered break-arch door with triple line stung crossbanded border beneath conforming arrangement to upper quadrant areas, on conforming plinth base with cavetto top moulding and moulded skirt, 244cm (96ins) high.

 

Edward Gratrex is recorded in Baillie, G.H. Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World as working in Birmingham circa 1720-55.

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