The exceptional mahogany case has a break arch hood with a top gallery, spire finials and there is Greek key decoration beneath. The dial is flanked by reeded columns with carved wood caps and there are large bevelled glass side windows. The trunk door has full length bevelled glass front and side windows. The front one being flanked by moulded panels with carved bases. There is a front and side panelled base with a bottom plinth and pad feet.
Note: The flame mahogany veneers are of the highest quality.
The massive 8-day movement has Harrison`s maintaining power. 5 huge double screwed pillars, dead beat escapement, six spoke wheelwork, 5 jewels, four end stops, jewelled pallets, top beat adjustment and a mercury pendulum with calibrated adjustment. The 12″ silvered brass dial has regulator layout and a presentation inscription on the sight ring.
There are several Clerke clockmakers listed but the most probable is Frederick William Clerke working from 1863-1881. He would have been the retailer of this clock C1870. John Morrison whose trade mark appears on the front plate of the movement would have been commissioned to make the movement. A fine maker working from 1851 – 81.
This clock was presented to the Revd W.R. Mowll on his retirement in 1892. He originated in Kent, worked as curate at all souls church London, and then became vicar of Brixton. The clock has passed down through the family until recently.
Height: 93″ (236cms)