John Woolley C.1765


Ref No 729
Fine circular 30hr brass dial wall clock with alarm in original oak case.


The top with swan necks and central wood turned finial. The 8in round brass dial with roman numerals, central alarm disc and single steel hand. Plain tapered columns with wooden capitals flank the hood door. The plated 30hr movement with four square iron pillars and verge alarm is secured to the seat board with 2 spikes. Signed on the dial John Woolley, Codnor.

Note: The original hood lock is still in place and the case has a lovely patina.

John Woolley, Codnor 1738-1795 nephew of James also of Afreton, Ripley & Hucknall described as clock maker and gent. He seems to have been making clocks from about 1755 and embraced the round brass dial from about 1760. He is listed in Derbyshire clocks as making a thirty hour wall clock with a round brass dial and alarm setting in the middle in a plain oak case ( probably this clock). Three 8-day longcases and many 30-hr examples.

Height: 23″ (58cms) the case including finial.

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