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Painted Dial - Stirling, Nottingham

oldcat61

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My husband is doing a clock for a customer & she'd like to know more about her clock. The badly repainted dial says Stirling & Nottingham below that. Is Stirling the name? Thought it was a town. False plate says Birmingham & Hi?kiss. Calendar wheel says Wilson. Any info?
 

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Chris Radano

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Loomes' lists John Sterland, born c. 1743 Nottingham. Married 1768-88. This would correspond with the period of the dial. The early white dial was manufactured in Birmingham (a manufacturing center of painted dials). The dial is signed by the manufacturer.
 

Mike Phelan

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Hi
Hipkiss were dialmakers in Birmingham. There's also a Wilson who were dialmakers, so the calendar dial may have been swapped? Others might know better. Clock is ca 1800, I'd say.

Stirling isn't a town, but a city, in Scotland, but there's no reason that it cannot be a surname as well, as many names originated that way, like Lincoln, Cleveland, Clinton et al!
 

oldcat61

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Steven- we only have the hood, dial & works. Will get a photo of the case when David returns the guts. The movement was a mess: broken teeth, waisted pivots, egg-shaped, staked,cheap replacement hands etc. The hood needed work on the molding & hinges. Probably another case of "let's send the junk to the States, they'll buy anything". Sue
 

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The dial features all indicate it is from what is called the first period 1770-1800 though styles do overlap periods as opposed to a complet cut-off. As Mike says Hipkiss is a Birmingham dialmaker, there are 3 listed in my source. a William 1839, a Richard 1805-10 and Hipkiss & Harrold 1797-1805. As the falseplate is only marked Hipkiss I would say it was Richard who was quite likely in partnership with Harrold.

James Wilson is a well known Birmingham dialmaker who died in 1809 and was at one time in partnership with Thomas Osborne ano well known dialmaker. HTH.
 

oldcat61

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The poor beat up movement is running & striking perfectly now. Very exciting for our customer, as she was given the clock as a non-running mess. She sent 2 photos of the case - any thoughts of age/ is dial correct for the case etc? Wonder what the feet looked like. Any help would be very appreciated. Thanks, Sue
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