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Discussion in 'General Clock Discussions' started by Thomas John, Oct 16, 2019.
I just thought that you might all like to see the clock
That's a very decorative dial.Whether or not the case has always been carved I don't know how to tell. I've heard discussion on depth of carving before. I get the feeling that Northern cases are more likely to have original carving than Southern cases, but I would have thought country rather than city.
I was told by an auction house that it's a marriage clock, that said the posts on the hood look very much like Radford ones.
Welcome to the MB. An interesting longcase and the carving on the case, like the engraving on the dial, is very well done. There are a couple of Thomas Radfords listed in Leeds, father and son, the father was born circa 1731, apprenticed 1745, died 1801,the son was born 1761, died 1793. Two very similar engraved dials are shown in the book Brass Dial Clocks by Loomes, one is signed Thomas Radford dated to 1775-80, the other signed T. Radford & Sons around the arch dated to 1785, that suggests this clock was made by the father. Both dials have the winding holes incorporated into the engraving as per this clock, only one case is shown, an uncarved relatively plain mahogany case with a break arch hood.