John Mercer was a very well known chap in Hythe in Kent as he was Mayor more than once. My first ever longcase that I bought is still in our hall, it is an 8 day by him. Brian Loomes originally dated it to 1720 but I believe it is 1730. This one is in an almost identical case, I think it is probably a little earlier, closer to Loomes' original date for the 8 day. It has a posted frame movement, a single bird on the dial, a common feature of Mercer dials and other makers of the area, and a date aperture with ringing which also appears on the 8 day. I left a bid under the lower estimate and it went under the hammer for that bid. I don't know if that was taken as a maiden bid. There were others following it and it was sold in an auction house in Kent close to Hythe so I was surprised to win it. plenty of hotels in the area I would have thought would like a local clock but he was pretty prolific with a long working life and a son to follow him so perhaps they all have one.