STRUT CLOCK Hunt & Roskell London Ca. 1860 England
Signed: Hunt & Roskell London
The spring-driven, eight-day movement is constructed between plates and has an English lever escapement with hair-spring balance. The clock is wound from the back
The oval silvered brass dial is elaborately engraved, depicting floral, leaf and scroll motifs. It has a Roman chapter ring, with five-minute and minute divisions. The time is indicated by a pair of blued-steel hands. The date is indicated by a blued-steel pointer on a circle segment (1-31) below the chapter ring. The dial is protected by an oval facetted glass set in an engraved gilt-brass bezel.
The gilt-brass case is elaborately engraved, depicting floral and scrolling leaf motifs. There is a thermometer is the base showing the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. The engraved rear shows a plain hatch which upon opening reveals both the escapement and the retailer’s signature Hunt & Roskell London. There are also the winding square and the arbor to set the time. There are two ways to position the clock. There is a swivel at the bottom to position the clock upright and an easel-type of support – the strut – to position the clock slightly slanted. The case is surmounted by a decorative shaped carrying handle.
Duration eight days
Height 17.5 cm.
Width 10.2 cm.
Depth 8.5 cm. (base included)
Literature: B. Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, London, 2006, p. 402
Thomas Cole made this type of clock in many variants and often retailed them via dealers in this case, Hunt & Roskell London, who had their business in New Bond Street and also Old Bond Street, active from 1844-1890. They were Silversmiths & Jewellers to the Queen, successors of Mortimer & Hunt after Mortimer’s retirement.