The domed top hood has a verre eglonise panel in the arch and turned free standing pillars with giltwood capitals to the front and rear. A most dramatically figured long trunk door is double crossbanded to form a herringbone edging and has a brass keyhole escutcheon. The base is similarly figured and crossbanded and sits on small bracket feet. The eight day movement strikes the hours on a bell, it has 4 very finely turned pillars, and all its original wheelwork and collets. A very well executed 12 3/4 ” dial has brass corner and arch spandrels, silvered chapter and moon age dials, matted centre, ringed winding holes and elaborate engraving around the date aperture. In the arch is a moon dial and a moons age hand. All the hands are original and it is signed on the bottom of the chapter ring Thom Waller Preston.
Thomas Waller was the son of John Waller, clockmaker, and the brother of William Waller, clockmaker of Preston. His father died in1724. His mother Alice Waller apprenticed Thomas to Joseph Finney of Knowsley, Liverpool for the unusually short period of four years from 2-2-1729 for a fee of £30. A marriage bond dated 18-5-1737, survives for Thomas Waller, clockmaker and Agnes Baynes single woman, both were of Preston. Thomas and his brothers were entered in the 1722 and1742 Preston Guild Rolls.
Height: 89″ (226cms)