- Feb 9, 2008
Double post, sorry.
It looks like "Merces virtutis" which is 'reward for valour' I think, it doesn't appear to be a motto to do with Auchtermuchty, the founders of the Proclaimers came from there, "Letter From America".what does the second half of the motto say? The first bit is a common motto, we are nothing without God. Motto of the city of Edinburgh but auchtermuchty is in Fife.
What is interesting, to me, is the beautiful hand painted iconography on the dial.
I agree, it is very much masonic symbolism, including the crossed pillars at the base. I have not been able to track it down yet.What is interesting, to me, is the beautiful hand painted iconography on the dial.
The arched portion of the dial has what appears to be a coat of arms? A family's, a clan's? Some sort of organization (fraternal or lodge; a trade organization/guild?). Unfortunately, the top of the dial is cropped in the photo.
Hard to tell without more detailed photos, but to me the coat of arms appears to be replete with Masonic Symbols?
On the occupational side of things, there is a "Worshipful Company of Masons" with a coat of arms. Here it is:
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Now, look at the central shield in the dial lunette. It is divided into 4 sections. Look at the upper section on the viewer's left. Look familiar? No, not identical, but close?
The vignettes in the spandrels are rather interesting, too, as they to me appear to depict stone masons at work? Again, it would be nice to see some close-ups. Another consideration is that folk art, including clock dials, depicting people engaged in occupations are rather unusual and rather desirable.
Much more to this dial than "date and id"? I think it is a rather nice potentially important piece different than the 100's of painted Scottish dials I have seen? Deserves some thought and research.
Love to see the rest of the clock, too.