The outstanding feature of this clock
is the magnificent wheel work. The spokes are all delicately cut into a star profile. They
have the classic English design of narrow wheel rims supporting tall-profile teeth. In
conventional designs the hounds-tooth ratchet wheels are usually up against the fusee rim,
being hard to see. here they float in plain sight midway between the great wheel's rim and
the edge of the fusee.
The only other known example is illustrated in Skeleton Clocks, F.B.
Royard-Collard, page 33. That clock is claimed to be made by a J. Wallis of
Tabernacle Walk, Finsbury Square. However, there are no references for this maker. The
dial is wrong for the period, having a wider profile that was popular in the later half of
the 1800's. This clock's narrow profile dial is consistent for the period and the maker is
listed in both Britten's and Loomes in the appropriate period and location.
The bell is signed on the inside with four inscriptions, the first being somewhat
difficult to read - Rohe Jiely 1833 / & Octo 1841 / & June 1848 / & LMA Octo.
Provenance: Carter Wright, Ltd., Gloucestershire, England.