“A. Bruce, Manchester” Tall Clock ?

f.webster

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This is where I get the best information about English clock makers.

So, here the dial in question. I call these tall clocks "bell-top ringers" because of the loud bell that it rung on the hour. The best I can make out, this dial says “A. Bruce, Manchester”.

What can be said about this clockmaker and the time his shop was open?

Thanks for your sleuthing assistance.

“A. Bruce, Manchester” dail.jpg “A. Bruce, Manchester” Tall dial 2.jpg
 

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It does look like A Bruce. There is an Alexander Bruce listed in St. Annes Square, an upmarket part of Manchester (born 1823) 1875-d. 1898. Also jeweller in later uears at Chester Rd. Stretford, a less upmarket part of Manchester. Assuming this round dial is from a longcase clock it seems they are uncommon from about 1790 and common 1800-30 or so and less so thereafter.

Most English clocks struck a bell on the top, perhaps they were mostly campanologists.
 
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