BRACKET CLOCK W. Sellers London Ca. 1700 England

Bracket clocks


Signed: W. Sellers London
Circa 1700

The brass plated movement of this small bracket clock has a verge escapement with pendulum. The going train is driven by a barrel with fusee. The striking train strikes on request the hours and quarters on two bells.

The brass square dial has brass cast cherub spandrels, the signed silvered chapter ring with engraved and blackened Roman hour numerals, Arabic five minute indication, minute stripe and quarter indication between, the matted centre with pierced and blued steel hands, winding hole between III and IIII, date aperture below XII. The signature W. Sellers Londen is engraved between the V and the VII.

The case of this small en well proportioned bracket clock is veneered with kingwood violette and applied with profiled borders, rectangular glazed panels to either side, the glazed door with pierced sound hole. It is surmounted by a brass carrying handle on top. The clock rests of four gilt cast brass claw feet.

Height: 36 cm
Width: 23 cm
Depth: 15 cm

-G.H. Baillie, Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World, blz. 288.

The maker
William Sellers was born circa 1668 and was apprenticed in February 1682 to John Clowes and made free of the Clockmakers’ Company in November 1691. He worked in Long Acre, London and took a number of apprentices. It is thought that he continued working until 1740 when it is presumed he died.

Provenance: – Acquired at Mentink & Roest, Vught, 20/07/2004

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