BRACKET CLOCK James Lunan Aberdeen Circa 1800 England

Bracket clocks


Signed: James Lunan Aberdeen
Circa 1800

The spring-driven eight-day double chain-fusee brass movement is constructed between two plates and consists of going and striking trains. The going train has an anchor escapement and a short pendulum with a prominent bob. The rack striking indicates the hours on a bell and has repetition operated by a cord on the left-hand side of the case.

The arched, matt silvered brass dial has a black Roman chapter ring with Arabic five-minute and minute divisions. The time is indicated by a fine pair of pierced blued-steel hands. There is a date aperture above the VI. The maker has signed the dial in the centre JAMES LUNAN Aberdeen. In the arch is a strike/silent dial with a blued-steel hand-shaped handle to switch the striking on or off.

The ebonised pearwood-veneered oak case has a bell top with mouldings at the top and bottom. The arched glazed front door has a moulded wooden rebate whilst the backdoor has a rectangular window. There are silk-backed pierced sound frets in the top corners of the front door. The sides have arched windows so that the movement is almost entirely visible. The case is surmounted by a brass carrying handle. The whole rests on four brass ogee feet.

Duration 1 week

Height 47 cm. (handle down)
Width 28.5 cm.
Depth 20 cm.

The maker
James Lunan from Aberdeen is not recorded according to Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World. A Charles Lunan Aberdeen is mentioned in this book and it can be assumed that James Lunan was his son.

Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, London, 2010, p. 496.

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