Jacob Massey C.1720


Ref No 709

An excellent ebony and ebony veneered bracket clock by Jacob Massey, London C.1720.


The case is veneered in ebony with ebonised mouldings, has a brass carrying handle, side windows, and arch frets to all sides. The substantial movement is finely made and includes 5 ringed pillars, verge escapement, hour strike on a bell with a pull repeat facility and a beautifully engraved backplate, which is fully signed. The 6 ½ ” arched dial has a matted centre with mock pendulum and date aperture, a silvered chapter ring and brass corner and arch spandrels. There is a strike / silent facility in the arch and the clock retains its original hands. A silvered cartouche in the centre is signed Jacob Massey, Leicester Fields London.

Jacob Massey, son of Nicholas mentioned in fathers will in 1698. He was recorded as working in Cranbourn St. and was a member of the clockmakers company 1715 – 25. The Massey family originated from Blois in France and came to London in the mid 1600`s. They are well known for their fine work.

Height: 16 1/2 ” (41cms) excluding handle)
Width: 10 1/2″ (27cms)
Depth: 7″ (18cms)

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