The flat topped hood has a sound fret, side windows and barley twist columns with turned capitals. The long trunk door has applied ½ round edging and a glass lenticel. The base sits on bun feet. This case is veneered in finely figured walnut, with the sides, trunk door and base crossbanded and set into panels with chevron borders.
The excellent 8-day movement has 5 finely turned pillars, anchor escapement, good wheelwork and strikes the hours on a bell via an inside countwheel. It has a well set out 11” dial with winged cherub head spandrels, fine hands, ringed winding holes, date aperture with three crown engraved decoration, a double line border and the full Latinised signature below 6 “Henricus Montlow, Londini fecit”.
Henricus Montlow was born in 1664 and apprenticed to Richard Browne in 1678 and was a member of the clockmakers company from 1685 – 1723 when his will was proven. He does not seem to have been active from around 1705. His work place was St Leonards Foster Lane Parish. A very fine walnut timepiece by him was sold at Bonhams, London 9/12/03 for £35K.
Height: 80 3/4″ (205cms)