English skeleton clock c1850

English Skeleton Clock c1850

A good English skeleton clock with passing strike mounted on its original coromandel, rosewood and marble base, complete with glass dome

The base has a silver presentation plaque, engraved Presented to the Revd. W. W. Berry from his affectionate friends on his leaving Farnley 27 July 1852.  

Farnley is in the Borough of Leeds; the 1851 census records a William Berry aged 33, Jane Berry aged 31, Jane Berry aged 27 and Maria Berry aged 4, all 4 people being born in Ireland. Presumably one of the Jane's was William's sister.

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The frames of the clock are very unusual being asymmetric, of very thick brass and of an 'ivy leaf' pattern.

The reference books show various 'ivy leaf' designs but the frames of this skeleton clock are very similar in shape to one illustrated in Derek Roberts' book English Skeleton Clocks, page 193.

English skeleton clock c1850

The coromandel veneered base has a mother of pearl inlay showing two swans amongst rushes.

The middle base layer appears to have been reduced in size suggesting that the glass dome is a replacement of slightly smaller size than the original.

Height, including dome, 20 inches.

Presentation plaque

The presentation plaque is faintly hall-marked on the back indicating that it is of sterling silver and hall-marked in London. The date code and maker's mark are not legible.


Stock No. C828

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