The long trunk door has a ½ round ebony beaded edge, brass bound lenticle and boxwood lined marquetry panels. The base has a central marquetry panel and sits on four bun feet.
The carcass of this case is of pine with ebony mouldings. All the marquetry is set into ebony panels and all the veneers and some mouldings on the front of the case are rosewood. The sides are veneered in elm.
The minimal restoration of this case included removal of a small base apron, replacement of the bun feet into their original holes and the removal and replacement of a thin strip of later marquetry around the hood door.
Any clock dated pre.1700 from Edinburgh is an extremely rare item. Our inventory of two examples plus the advocate’s library clock (all made by the same cabinet maker) and the two recorded by John Smith now brings the total of pre 1700 clocks by Andrew Brown to 5.
The month going movement has 5 wheel trains, anchor escapement and strikes the hours on a bell via an outside countwheel. It has oblong plates and 5 finely turned pillars. The 12” dial has the early use of crown and cherub spandrels, ringed winding holes, calendar aperture, seconds ring, original hands and full signature on the chapter ring.
Andrew Brown, son of James brown of Langnewton was apprenticed to Humphrey Mills on the 21st Dec 1664. On the 30th June 1675 he was made a Burgess of Edinburgh and a week later a freeman of the hammermen. In 1677 he married Catherine Hogg and had at least 3 sons. In 1689 and 1690 he was elected boxmaster of the hammermen second in command to the Deacon, while in 1696 he became guild brother of Edinburgh. He died 12/4/1712.
John Smith, author of Old Scottish Clockmakers quotes “in view of the long time he was in business, 35 years, it is remarkable how exceedingly scarce are specimens of his art, only 3 have come under our notice one being the splendid clock in the lobby of the advocates library, another that was exposed in the window of a dealer in queen St. and the third in the possession of a private party.
For further extensive info on Andrew Brown please see Clocks Magazine January 2013.
Height: 89 / 98″ (226 / 249 cms) without / with finials.