Bracket Clock

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  1. DeanT

    DeanT Registered User

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    Bracket clock signed by Matthew Hill, Devonshire Street, London. He is listed as working 1744 to 1790. According to Baillie in 1777 he moved from Devonshire Street to Upper Charlotte St. Given the dial is signed Devonshire Street the clock was made in the 3rd qtr of 18thC. Has two subsidiary dials, one for strike/silent and the other for regulation. Movement has verge escapement and an interesting swivelling pendulum catch. Case and movement both need a good clean and polish but otherwise are in good condition.

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  2. jmclaugh

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    Really lovely bracket clock Dean with engraved back plate and even the mounts are engraved. Good to see it wasn't converted to an anchor like many were. What are the dimensions?
     
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    Very nice indeed. What a superb acquisition. Lucky you!!
     
  4. DeanT

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    Its about normal bracket clock size at 47cm high, 28cm wide, 19cm deep. Arch dial is 7" wide by 10" high. I've managed to get some better resolution photos loaded. I might replace the brass sides with glass after I have a better look at the case to see what was originally present. Veneers are a little dry and some need reglueing but they all present.


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    #5 svenedin, Mar 9, 2014
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    I think fretted brass with material (usually silk) behind is original. Some gentle cleaning and some high quality beeswax polish will have that looking fantastic.
     
  6. DeanT

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    Restored Mathew Hill bracket clock. Just not the original one for this post. Somehow I ended up with another one which is a little earlier but similar.

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    Not the original one ??
    Still looks great though.
    Funny how these clocks just seem to accumulate...
    David
     
  8. DeanT

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    A matching pair. I’ve got the world’s largest and only collection of Mathew Hill bracket clocks.
     
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    what, he only made two, or no one else yet sees the value in them to collect. They seem pretty good to me!
     
  10. DeanT

    DeanT Registered User

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    There is one in a national trust house and there was another one for sale so I’ve only seen 4 in total. Not many considering he was working for quite a long time. They are good quality pieces which makes the limited numbers even more surprising.
     
  11. novicetimekeeper

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    One very interesting thing is the holdfast. we couldn't get it to line up with the pendulum, it just seems all wrong. We were questioning its originality I think one like this would have worked. One of the clocks that came out to australia in that crate had a holdfast like this swivel one but it may have been Zedrics, or could be the hayley & Milner. I think they use these when they need to stick out a long way to engage the pendulum and would be in the way when the clock was running. Something similar would be more suited to your new one.
     
  12. DeanT

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    He liked fancy hold fasts. The other one rotates for the holding position and is engraved on the top which shows in the downward position. The knob twists to hold the pendulum in a slot. Definite overkill.

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