This rare ebony veneered table clock of excellent proportions is rather impressive, for a timepiece repeating table clock to have so many dial functions is uncommon. Bearing a date and mock pendulum aperture is normally the sort of features you would only associate with a striking table clock.
Dial: This rather complex 7” square dial boasts a whole host of features, With the clocks original finely blued hands and winged cherub head spandrels to each corner. The finely matted centre has the date aperture below XII with the mock pendulum aperture below that. The ringed winding hole is above VI and the surrounding silvered chapter ring boasts Roman numerals for the hour and Arabic five minute numerals, also featuring fleur-de-lys half hour and diamond half-quarter markers and signed Aldworth London.
Movement: With one of the finest engraved back plates this is an 8 day timepiece fusee table clock with original verge knife edge escapement and brass rod short bob regulated pendulum. There is also a repeat feature, repeating the hours on one bell and the quarters on four bells.
Case: The fine Ebony veneered case with oak carcase standing upon ebonised block feet, featuring original fire gilding to the foliate tied scroll handle on top of the cushion domed top. Glazed lockable doors to front and rear, the front also having a brass sound fret above the glazed aperture with glazed apertures and brass sound frets to both sides.
- Currently: Private collection, UK
- This clock was originally bought to accompany the Samuel Aldworth Longcase Clock (Together, two very rare clocks by the same maker, very close to the eminent Knibb family)
- The Knibb Family Clockmakers by R. A. Lee
Page: 19, 23 & 165.
Height: 15 ¾” or 40cm (Handle up)
13 ½” or 34.5cm to top of clock case
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From Childrey, Buckinghamshire originally, he went to Oxford in 1673 to be John Knibbs most notable apprentice. He went onto not only be an apprentice of John Knibb but also on completion of his apprenticeship in 1680 he stayed on as his assistant until 1689 when he was made a freeman of the city of Oxford and subsequently started his own business in the city.
In 1697 Aldworth became a Brother of the London Clockmakers’ Company and moved to an address in The Strand. This may not be such a coincidence bearing in mind his connection with the Knibb family of clockmakers, being that this same year Joseph Knibb left London. He then married Elizabeth Knibb in 1703 (believed to be John Knibbs daughter) and they continued the business in London before moving back to Childrey C.1720. It is understood that Samuel Aldworth died shortly after C.1725.
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