Joseph Smith C.1740.


Ref No 718

A rare attractive provincial oak ¼ repeating timepiece by Joseph Smith, Chester C.1740.


The inverted bell topped case with a brass-carrying handle has a lovely patina and sits on small pad feet. The fine 8-day movement with verge escapement has 5 elaborate ringed pillars and a pull quarter repeat on 2 bells. There is a most unusual anchor shaped backcock.

The 7” arched dial has corner and arch spandrels, a signature boss in the arch, a calendar aperture and fine original hands.

Joseph Smith, son of Gabriel of Barthomley was born 1688. He learned his trade from his father and continued the Barthomley business after his father moved to Nantwich around 1722. Around 1725 he moved to Gloverstone in Chester. He made many turret clocks including one for Chester Cathedral and also domestic clocks. He is thought to have died around 1760.

Further extensive information on him and the Smith family can be seen in “ The Gloverstone Clockmakers of Chester” by Steve & Darlah Thomas.

Height: 17 1/2″ (44cms) handle down.
Width: 10 1/2″ (27cms)
Depth: 7″(18cms)

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