The case has a domed top surmounted by a pagoda and 5 finials. There are brass side handles and elaborate frets to the sides, front caryatid columns, door surround and scrolling feet.
The 7” dial has floral decoration to the bottom corners and the arched top. The chapter dial has original hands and a full signature and the tune selection is in the arch.
There is a strike – silent lever at 3 o’clock and a pull cord repeating the hours then the selected musical tune.
The 8-day, 6-pillar movement has substantial shaped plates, verge escapement, plays the tunes on 10 bells and strikes the hours on one. The backplate is beautifully engraved with flowers and foliage.
Thomas Best was working at 3 Red Lion St, Clerkenwell, London from 1770 – 1794. He was renowned for his musical clocks both for the home market and export. He also made a large number of watches for the Dutch market.
Height: 20 3/4″ (53cms) excluding top finials.
Width: 14 1/2″ (37cms)
Depth: 8 1/2″ (22cms)