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A very unusual and rare large English carved giltwood cartel clock with three subsidiary dials signed Andrews, Dover . c1785

This is a very unusual and rare English giltwood cartel clock, gilt being 23 ct. The case is topped by an eagle with outstretched wings above “C” scroll and acanthus leaf surround. A 14” diameter brass bezel is hinged on the right. The dial and movement slot into case from the front and screws through the dial to seatboard mount. Original seatboard and seatboard screws into movement lower pillars. Rear of case is supported by what looks like an original forged iron cross frame screwed into back of case.

The clock has an unusually large 13 ½” diameter silvered brass circular dial. Roman hour chapters and outside Arabic minutes every five minutes. Three subsidiary dials for Strike/Silent (top left), Fast/slow (top right) and date (bottom center). Original finely pierced blued steel hands to all dials, serpentine minute hand. Dial signed Andrews, Dover and is finely engraved with scrolls and Chinese pagoda.

The five pillar brass plated movement is 5 ½” by 7” high. Anchor escapement, twin fusee with chain drive and two brass spring barrels. Rise and fall adjust, strike silent mechanism and date wheels driven from motion work. Rack striking on a bell. All bolted to original seat board. 4 wheel time train.

Thomas Andrews is listed as working 1773 to 1802. In 1773 he opened a shop near Market place but in 1775 he moved to Quay at the Pier in Dover . Andrews was also a silversmith and had a flourishing business. Andrews listed in both Baillie and Loomes. Andrews placed an ad in the Kentish Gazette on 26 th Feb. 1780 for a Journeyman and an apprentice. Listing himself as a clockmaker and silversmith. Three longcase clocks are shown in Kent Clockmakers, all with silvered dials. Andrews clocks “are of the highest quality with well engraved silvered dials”. Signs clocks “Andrews, Dover ”. Son Richard was apprenticed to him, free in 1797.

Case is 41 ½” high and 28” wide by 8” deep

 

 

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