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Object ID # 1962.020.001
Object Name Clock, Tall Case
Title English Floor Clock from Devonshire
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date c. 1812
Made England, United Kingdom
Place of Origin Bideford, England
Description Long case English floor clock made at Bideford, Devonshire. This is a brown-painted, long-case floor clock. The hood has a "broken arch" pediment at the top, and has a glass door, which has an opening knob at the left. The hood slides off of the clock horizontally (be careful pulling it forward). The trunk of the case is long and slender, with a solid hinged door which has a brass opening knob. The base is wider than the trunk and has an arrow-like central arch at the front. The mechanism is that of an anchor escapement. The clock strikes on the hour with a bell. In addition to the minute and hour hands, there is a second hand which is run on a shaft attached right to the centre of the escape wheel. The clock is weight-driven. The dial has black-painted Roman numerals. The corner areas of the dial plate have tole-painted yellow roses with green leaves. There are also blue-coloured floral motifs, separated from the roses with gilt margins (that have squiggly lines on them). The hour and minute hands are ornate, with a pineapple/thistle-like motif. There is a semi-circular window underneath the hands for a calendar dial observation. The seconds hand is also ornate, but much smaller. It is placed above the other two hands on its own painted dial. This dial is calibrated and marked for every 10 seconds. Underneath the calendar window is the maker's name (now illegible) and the place of manufacture "Bideford". A clock repairman said that it appears to be a 30 hour clock, meaning that it would have to be wound each day. Has an "endless chain" style.

Makers mark Painted on the face "...... Bideford"
Provenance This item is believed to be circa 1812, and made at Bideford, Devonshire, England. It was later brought to Canada from England by Richard Walter and his wife, Mary Walter (nee Dayman).
The Walters were the last owner's grandparents, and lived somewhere in Grey County, Ontario. The last owner was Herb Walter of Owen Sound.
Collection Horology, 19th-c Collection
Material Wood/Glass/Paint/Metal/Brass
Dimensions H-82.677 W-18.701 D-10.709 inches
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Walter, Herb
Walter, Richard
Subjects Clock & watch industry
Time