The movement of 8-day duration is united by six latched knopped pillars, is weight driven with anchor escapement to a pendulum suspended from a hipped back cock, inside count-wheel striking system which strikes the hours to a bell. The movement is further secured to the case by a bracket on the backboard.
The oak case is veneered with fine-quality figured burr walnut veneers and the trunk door has a gilt brass lenticle. The sides of the trunk are panelled with book-matched veneers and are fully crossbanded. The walnut veneered hood is flanked by walnut barley-twist columns with wooden capitals and bases, and there is a delicate sound fret below the cross-grain walnut cornice moulding.
The 10 ¾ square brass dial with single line border interspersed by foliate engraving, enclosing the elaborate winged cherub head spandrels, silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring signed on either side of VI – ‘J Windmills – London’. Finely matted centre, subsidiary seconds, and ringed date aperture, with ringed winding squares.
Joseph Windmills is recorded as “a great clockmaker” who was free of the Clockmakers Company in July 1671. He worked initially in St Martin le Grand before moving to Mark Lane End Tower Street in 1687. In 1699 he was appointed Warden of the Clockmakers Company and sat on committees alongside his peer Thomas Tompion. In 1702 he succeeded Tompion as Master of the Clockmakers Company. Today he is recognised as one of the important makers of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
Serviced and guaranteed for 3 years.
Height: 81″ or 206 cm
Width: 18 ¾” or 48 cm
Depth: 10 ¼” or 26 cm
Provenance: Private collection – U.K.
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