The ebony veneered case has gilded brass escucheons, bun feet, carrying handle door mounts, and wood sound frets to the front and sides.
The substantial well-made twin fusee 8-day hour striking movement has 6 beautifully turned pillars, verge escapement and pull ¼ repeat on 5 bells. The 6 ¾” dial has ringed winding holes, date aperture, mock pendulum, twin subsidiary dials one for the strike-silent and other for time regulation. There is fine engraving between the dial corners.
The backplate is most beautifully engraved with flowers and foliage. There are outside set up ratchets and pendulum holdfast. Signed on the backplate and chapter ring.
Alexander Hewitt was born in 1671. In March 1685 /6 he was apprenticed to Benjamin Bell until 1692 and inherited his tools in 1691. He was a clockmaker, but is believed to have been a member of the Currier’s company on whose roll he signed the 1697 oath of allegiance to the King and in which company he took several apprentices. He was married on the 4th April 1695 at St. Botophs Bishopgate to Sarah Cole and had six children. Judging by the quality of this movement he certainly was a very competent clockmaker.
Height: 14 1/2″ (37cms) handle down
Width: 10 1/2″ (27cms)
Depth: 7″ ( 18cms)