Any ideas? 1700s English Grandfather

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  1. KaptainKilo

    KaptainKilo New Member

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    9D7A2113-12B3-4837-8B6E-A0DE2E3636F4.jpeg 41C27EB0-17FF-40F7-9DAE-267060DDF75D.jpeg 34042CF8-B007-4FB4-8285-0A5CC2F652DC.jpeg I inherited this years ago from my grandparents. I can’t make out the signature on the dial and would love to know more about it. I just remember them saying it was the “ships clock” and that it was from England. Any ideas what I have here?
     
  2. Willie X

    Willie X Registered User

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    Looks like a very nice clock you have there but not a "ships clock". The animation at the top depicts a sailing ship rocking on the waves so these are sometimes called rocking ship clocks.

    Others can tell you just about anything about your clock.

    WIllie X
     
  3. Les harland

    Les harland Registered User

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    The signature looks like George Willis Stalham
    Stalham is in Norfolk UK
     
  4. JTD

    JTD Registered User

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    Welcome to the board.

    Yes, Geo. Willis in Stalham (just down the road from me!). So yes, it's English.

    I think the dial has been repainted - or at least the signature has.

    You have a very nice clock and there are others on here who can tell you more about it. Do you have it running?

    JTD
     
  5. novicetimekeeper

    novicetimekeeper Registered User

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    Very nice automaton, I particularly like that they seem to have the wind in the right direction and the shaped cutout rather than a simple lunette. A bit of artistic licence on the flag design I think, though it is before the Admiralty settled the use of ensigns.

    The clock is post 1830 in style and I agree the signature appears to have been repainted.
     
  6. jmclaugh

    jmclaugh Registered User

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    Very nice longcase with an unusual hood that looks a bit like a double swan neck. I can't find Mr. Willis listed but as Nick says it looks round about 1830 or so.
     

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