Philip Greathead, London. verge hooded clock, any ideas on maker?

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I'm guessing first half of the 18th century but I can't trace the maker. Pictures from Adam Partridge auction with permission. They listed it as a later case and that certainly makes sense, I don't think a London maker would have used this case, even for a below stairs clock which is what I assume this is.

I haven't seen it yet but I'm very pleased with it.

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Googling Philip Greathead will find you more.

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I found this, which would appear to be the same clock in another case.

Odd, because based just on what you can see from the photos neither case quite fits - yours is too narrow, and blocks the spandrels. And the other too tall...
 

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The case of yours has some age and "patina". I think it's probably 1790-1800, very stylish for that time (relatively speaking). The pendulum isn't as visible as would be a lantern clock for example, but it has side glass so not a bad compromise.
I think you have an interesting clock. I can't remember seeing too many verge hooded clocks that had been for sale over the years.
 

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I like the style of the case on yours much better than the other one. If its the same clock its been resilvered in the interim.
 

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Pretty sure it is the same clock, though no movement pics. The movement has a crutch rather than a fixed pendulum which is a bit odd.

It was offered in an auction last year by the auction house where I bought it and withdrawn before the auction, perhaps over some question regarding its authenticity, though the description did not change between auctions.

I like the current case more than the mahogany one.
 

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Looking at the withdrawn lot description, it was originally described as a reproduction clock. Then relisted as 18th century in a later case.

I think it is the same clock as at Tooveys, and that it is 18th century in what must be at least its third case.

The price I paid was ok without a case, so I'm not unhappy.

 

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It looks like the clock is upside down :chuckling: in the withdrawn lot listing so perhaps the previous owner was not happy.
You did some good detective work. I didn't look at the pendulum enough to notice there was a crutch. I've seen 18th c. French lantern clocks frequently use a verge escapement with a crutch, but many times the pendulum bob is a "bullet" type with a thread suspension. The pendulum of yours may be a replacement and looks a bit heavy.
So someone else did some work competently to this clock to improve it a bit.

The case reminds my of an original oak cased hooded clock I've had for a few years, the heaviest patina I've seen. Cleaning appears to be out of the question.

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Heard back from the Auction House, the lot was withdrawn last year because the Vendor decided not to sell it, then they changed their minds again and it was relisted.
 

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