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Martin Elwood, London, circa 1700

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Here is my month going longcase clock, in an arabesque marquetry case. I purchased it from a London dealer some 35 years ago ( cf. the advertisement in Clocks Magazine, march 1985 ). Since, I have been enjoying it every day and I am amazed by its precision (often, less than 10 seconds in a month ). When you face the clock, the right winding square is for the going train and it winds anticlockwise. As you can see from the photographs, there is a second hammer for the passing strike at the half hour. The hour hand has a tail like the hands for alarm movements. I don't know if this clock had originally an alarm or if it is a replacement hand. On the net, I found another clock signed Matin Ellwod (this time with two l, cf last pic).

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As I understand this is not very usual construction with winding holes up like on eight days clock. Nice condition of the case and movement. Beautiful clock, thank you for sharing.
 

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Beautiful clock. Quality. What size is the dial?

Because the clock is month going it will have an extra wheel in the going train. As a consequence it is wound in the opposite direction to an 8 day clock.

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Dean
 

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What he says is right though, extending running clocks often have the winding arbours lower down. I don't know why not all.
 

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What he says is right though, extending running clocks often have the winding arbours lower down. I don't know why not all.
Depends on the placement of the wheels as to whether the winding arbour needs to be lower. Here you can see the first wheel is between the barrels.

Month going clocks are usually outside countwheels.
 

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Gorgeous case, as is the dial and movement. Now if only FC had brought me that.
 

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Thank you very much for your comments. For me, it's a pleasure to share my clocks on this Forum with knowledgeable people. I am glad that you like this one, too. Dial is 12 inches. Here are some close-up views of the engraving.

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Thank you very much for your comments. For me, it's a pleasure to share my clocks on this Forum with knowledgeable people. I am glad that you like this one, too. Dial is 12 inches. Here are some close-up views of the engraving.

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Here are some views of the arabesque marquetery, with its ferocious beasts, Chinese, kings... I think that this was a kind of a standard design at this period, as I have already seen two or three other longcases with the same motifs. Interestingly one of these was a counterpart (the dark and light parts were reversed).

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thanks for the great photos. The date of manufacture can't be too far from 1700. The convex moulding under the hood generally indicates 17th but the 12" dial and arabesque marquetry are more commonly 18thC.

Exquisite marquetry and in magnificent condition. I bet its given you 35 years on enjoyment every day as you walk past it.
 

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thanks for the great photos. The date of manufacture can't be too far from 1700. The convex moulding under the hood generally indicates 17th but the 12" dial and arabesque marquetry are more commonly 18thC.

Exquisite marquetry and in magnificent condition. I bet its given you 35 years on enjoyment every day as you walk past it.
Thank you, Dean. According to Loomes, Martin Elwood was admitted to the CC as a Free Brother Jan 1687/88 and paid quarterage till 1699. The date of manufacture of this clock is definitely around 1700 as you noticed. This was also the estimation of Mr. Brocklehurst.
 

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Thank you, Dean. According to Loomes, Martin Elwood was admitted to the CC as a Free Brother Jan 1687/88 and paid quarterage till 1699. The date of manufacture of this clock is definitely around 1700 as you noticed. This was also the estimation of Mr. Brocklehurst.
I would also think his name was spelt Ellwood if you want to google him.

Cheers
Dean
 

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Not sure of forum etiquette for posting auction information but this image is from 1982

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Hi Enavance,a really nice clock in obviously good condition. Also good to see a full height longcase comfortably in a room that can take it! Thanks for sharing it with us all.
 
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No picture in the catalogue but had the makers name not been written as Ellwood rather than Elwood this description also fits your clock.

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Another Ellwood (Elwood)

It is interesting that this clock has a similar hour hand tail & alarm work.
It is also interesting that both this & your clock are month yet the lower trains are obviously laid out differently as seen by the winding square positions.
The clock fetched £13,000

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Very interesting indeed ! It tends to confirm my supposition that my clock probably had an alarm work originally. It's really interesting to be able to compare similar clocks by this maker.
 

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Interesting to see another Ellwood movement recently auctioned, it looks like it once had pull quarter repeat work.

MARTIN ELLWOOD, LONDON A LATE 17TH CENTURY 11" LONGCASE CLOCK MOVEMENT

Lot 940 - MARTIN ELLWOOD, LONDON A LATE 17TH CENTURY (hutchinsonscott.co.uk)
I did see that,what did it go for. I've bought rather a lot recently and needed a pause but I love clocks with that tudor rose in the middle I have two of those. Interesting position for the N/NS too, and the engraving seems to accommodate it.
 

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I did see that,what did it go for. I've bought rather a lot recently and needed a pause but I love clocks with that tudor rose in the middle I have two of those. Interesting position for the N/NS too, and the engraving seems to accommodate it.
Sold for GBP 340.
 

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Not directed at this thread but more a comment on the general market I found it incredibly depressing to realise it is now possible to buy at sale a complete provincial white dial longcase for less than you might pay for that clocks bell if it was removed & individually listed on eBay!
 

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Sold for GBP 340.
Wow that's cheap.
Not directed at this thread but more a comment on the general market I found it incredibly depressing to realise it is now possible to buy at sale a complete provincial white dial longcase for less than you might pay for that clocks bell if it was removed & individually listed on eBay!
That's what encourages the clock breakers, sadly it makes them break up perfectly good clocks.
 
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I've managed to get locked out of my account at HS so I don't know if I bought anything at that auction. I have not received an invoice so I assume not.
 

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