What Can You Tell By Looking At this Face?

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  1. f.webster

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    What can you tell me about this tall clock by looking at its face?

    I am working to restore this tall clock to running order. I call the movement a bell top ringer because of the loud bell on the top of the movement. I have also included some images of the case... which needs to be made sound. I am guessing it is English (Liverpool) but haven't a guess about the maker/seller.

    Thank you for all the details you can share.

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    What's most interesting to me is the use of musical "trophies" for spandrel decoration. I can't recall seeing that before, FWIW.

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    That's what I thought was most unusual, too. I even spent a while trying to see if I could identify the various instruments. Think I got most of them - they even have a 'serpent' - but some are not very clear.

    Very unusual, at least to me.

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    #4 Uhralt, Nov 4, 2019
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    The maker of the clock is L. Watson of Liverpool. I'm not sure if the "L" is actually an L. There is a John Watson, Liverpool listed working around 1825. The clock seems to have a center hand for the calendar.

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  5. Burkhard Rasch

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    interesting.Most of the musical instruments depicted here were allready oldfashioned at the time the dial was painted like the Serpent and the Zinks , so maybe this unusual decoration has something to do with the first owner? Anyway a nice clock and a gorgeous dial! Congrats!
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    The movement looks like this (front and back). I continue to look for clues.

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    The back of the face shows how the moon dial and the calendar are advance by the movement. More clues: one of the posts that mount the sub-dial to the movement has been filed or ground so that it fits the movement. The dial posts are loose in the sub-dial; but, they are in the right location.

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