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Help identifying English Tall Case Clock

Bmurr

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Greetings Everyone,

I recently got what I believe to be a steal of a deal on an old English tall case clock. However, I can not seem to trace down the “circa” date of manufacture. I believe it is Thomas Stant? If anyone could confirm this and provide any info on the age, I’d be very appreciative!
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JTD

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Elliott's 'Shropshire Clock and Watchmakers' lists Richard Deaves' dates as 1702-1780.

JTD
 
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novicetimekeeper

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well done, I found one born in 1702 but didn't know if it was the right guy.

I assume the chap at the top is a customer.
 
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Jeremy Woodoff

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I had a tall case clock by Richard Deaves, Whitchurch. It had a square brass dial, 30-hour movement, and single hand. I think it was in a later case. I no longer have it, but somewhere have one or two old snapshots of it.
 

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Nicely engraved dial, the style of which indicates it is after mid century. It could do with some tlc.
 

Bmurr

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Here are some more shots. Aside from cleaning and lubricating the movement, I simply cleaned it with non abrasives and planned to leave it as appears. I don’t mind the ‘character’. I’ll let it carry it’s +200 years, plus I don’t want to bugger it up trying to restore. Unless y’all have some suggestions of course.

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novicetimekeeper

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The dial could do with a good clean and the chapter ring and subsidiary resilvered.

There are some lovely rays from the quarter sawing, particularly in the door.
 

JTD

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I agree with Nick, the dial does need cleaning, even if you don't do any re-silvering.

The case is lovely and only needs a good polish with some conservation quality wax such as 'Renaissance' microcrystalline wax, which would enhance the beauty of the quarter sawing already referred to.

A very nice clock.
 

jmclaugh

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The case which looks oak needs some tlc, nothing more. As to the dial I'd also re-silver the chapter and seconds rings. Some of these have silvered centres but I'm not sure this one did, it is a really nice centre.

But that's up to you.
 

NigelW

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Very nice clock. The dial has an slightly unusual recessed seconds dial. Examples can be found in Loomes' Brass Dial Clocks Plates 316 (c. 1720-30, Derbyshire) Colour Plate 16 (c. 1755 Yorkshire) Plate 344 (1760s, Lancashire) and Plate 346 (1760s, Derbyshire). The dial in Plate 344 is very similar to yours in other aspects too, indicating a date rather after mid-century as suggested above. The moulding round the top of the hood looks 2nd half of the 18th C to me too. The case may well have had a caddy top originally.

Slightly odd looking to me is the presence of brass pins protruding through the matting of the dial centre - I count four from your first picture. Does the dial have a cartwheel back (cutouts behind the chapter ring)?

I agree with other posters that the dial could do with some cleaning, even if you don't resilver it. Originally the chapter ring, seconds dial and date ring would probably have been silvered.
 

novicetimekeeper

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I would expect the dialplate to have cutouts. Looking at the the pins you mention I think that the top two secure the sunken circular plate of the seconds subsidiary, which I think should be silvered. The lower two look like they take the rollers for the date wheel.

They look a bit small for rivets, are they the ends of screws?

On most longcase the date aperture is lower nearer the chapter ring so the rivets (or screws) for the rollers are behind the chapter ring.
 

Bmurr

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Very nice clock. The dial has an slightly unusual recessed seconds dial. Examples can be found in Loomes' Brass Dial Clocks Plates 316 (c. 1720-30, Derbyshire) Colour Plate 16 (c. 1755 Yorkshire) Plate 344 (1760s, Lancashire) and Plate 346 (1760s, Derbyshire). The dial in Plate 344 is very similar to yours in other aspects too, indicating a date rather after mid-century as suggested above. The moulding round the top of the hood looks 2nd half of the 18th C to me too. The case may well have had a caddy top originally.

Slightly odd looking to me is the presence of brass pins protruding through the matting of the dial centre - I count four from your first picture. Does the dial have a cartwheel back (cutouts behind the chapter ring)?

I agree with other posters that the dial could do with some cleaning, even if you don't resilver it. Originally the chapter ring, seconds dial and date ring would probably have been silvered.
Hopefully this helps! Snap of the reverse side. The hands had been removed before gently setting it face down for the picture.
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novicetimekeeper

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It doesn't explain much as we can't see the other side of those fastenings.

We can see that it has cutouts, and evidence of repairs.

Also something engraved on the back of the chapter ring. What is that?
 
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