|William Frederick Evans of Handsworth, Birmingham, England c. 1860.
14"w x 12.5"h x 4.75"d net of base and dome, 17.5"h with base and
dome. Anchor escapement, one-half second second compensated pendulum.
This frame style took the fretting out of a frame to achieve a delicate design to an
extreme. It is considered one of the most attractive skeleton clock designs ever produced.
1 To achieve an even more elaborate look a
third plate was added to the front to hold the chapter ring. Many, but not all, of this
design had the third frame. This example also has the rarer enamel plaques for the Roman
numeral markers. 1
This is also the only example I have seen where the
entirely fire gilt. So much of the
frame is cut out, that the movement plates are somewhat thicker than one would expect, for
a single train skeleton clock of this size at just over 5/32". In addition there are
seven pillars; again in an effort to give strength and rigidity to the movement that would
otherwise be supplied by a less delicate frame design.
Click on pictures for more details.
1. British Skeleton Clocks, Derek Roberts, pp. 134 and 46